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4 weeks ago i had an accident which gave me a stress fracture and got the 4th and 5th metatarsal (mid shaft). I was put on a soft cast and non weight bearing.its been 4 weeks now the swelling has gone and their is no pain whatsoever. I’ve started walking with a cast on took a few steps yesterday and i took on the stairs today with the cast on.
1. I want to know that can a stress fracture heal in 4 weeks?
2. Should I continue to walk in the soft cast?
Because where I live there is not much assistance that I get from any physicians. Please help!
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It usually takes upwards of 6 weeks for a fracture to fully heal, but unless there's complications at least some healing should be taking place in 4 weeks. I'd advise you to walk but still use crutches to take some of the weight off your broken foot, as too much weight-bearing too soon can damage the injury further or stop it healing. I broke my 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsals 5 weeks ago and was put in a boot cast and told to walk/bear weight as pain allowed, but I'm only just starting to walk on the foot with the crutches now as I was scared of doing further damage! Wishing you a speedy recovery from here on out.
Greetings, I don't know about a stress fracture but I had a 5th metatarsal Jones fracture of my right foot and was put into a low boot at the ER until I could be seen by an orthopedist. I don't remember that much swelling but a lot of black and blue that changed locations on my foot from the opposite side of the foot to the toes. I was walking in the low boot and even without it in the house in the evening without pain. Just after my fall I had severe pain but by the next day I had no pain at all. I had never broken a bone before and I was thrilled that I was getting around beautifully without pain and couldn't wait until I went to the orthopedist because I thought I was doing so well I would be released and able to drive again after my check up. Well that was a dream and then I had the nightmare. The orthopedist put me in a hard NWB cast from my toes to my knee for 4 weeks, then a high heavy boot day and night (because he was afraid I would get up in the middle of the night and walk without it to the bathroom) for another 4 weeks. If you can call your medical offices or email them with your questions you should be able to get better guidance. Remember my fracture was not a stress fracture and it was closer to the back of my foot. If the ER had told me to be non weight bearing I would have done so. Good luck.
But Thankyou for sharing your story.
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