Broken metatarsal healing time?

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I'm wondering how long it takes to heal a broken fifth metatarsal bone and when it's ok to take the walking boot off?

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    What did your doctor say your recovery time would be?

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      Hi Sandra, I went to the hospital the night I broke my foot and put a boot on it. I followed up with a foot doctor three weeks later. She took an x-ray and said I should wear the boot for six additional weeks and return for a follow up; that would be a total of nine weeks. I was thinking, what about the first three weeks since from what I read it takes between six to eight weeks for a bone to heal? I spoke to a hairdresser who was about my age, in her late fifties, and she said she took the boot off after six weeks and returned to work. Also, I read it is not good to leave the boot on too long; this is where the confusion comes in? I have a nondisplaced break which means the broken bone remains in place. I was looking for some feedback from others who have, or had a similar brake. Thanks for responding!

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      I can only relate my experience which was a broken ankle which resulted in surgery and screws in my ankle

      cast for 4 weeks then boot for 3-4 weeks

      At 7 weeks ankle had healed and I could begin PT and begin to bear weight

      I saw orthopedic doctor

      I would follow your doctors advice because you dont want to re-injure your foot

      For me I followed doctors orders because I didnt want to be laid up any longer than necessary

      Everyone heals differently so keep that in mind

      Good luck

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      Thank you for your input Sandra! I'm hoping this coming Tuesday's appointment will yield a positive result, and happy you are up and running! I can't wait until I can live and function normally again! God Bless you!

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