Broken 4th and 5th metatarsal

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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.

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      I am glad that you’re recovering, i too am still scared to put weight on this but I was frustrated of lying down on the bed for so many days. I recently got a job and had my accident a week before and the thought of losing this job made me want to walk. 
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    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.      

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      Yeah i know, lying in bed is a nightmare for so many weeks. I’ve emailed the physicians here but got no response from them. 

      But Thankyou for sharing your story. 

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