Day 7 after foot fracture

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Hi all... after falling from low level stairs last week , I've managed to fracture the top of my foot. I've since had appointment with Fracture Clinic & I'm currently wearing a lovely fashionable support boot for the foreseeable future. I know it's only early days - but did anyone else have extreme pain first thing in the morning when you put foot down? (in boot). It's manageable after about 10-15 steps... but those first few are horrible.. and I don't want to do any other damage 😔 Hope this heals soon... I hate being so helpless... especially living alone. I've also got a new job to start in 4 weeks. Thank you 👍

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    Hi smigger15,

    Sorry to hear about what happened, I hope you're able to recover quickly.

    I'm not a medical expert, but I believe it could go two ways. First, your foot could be stiff from not moving it. Second, it may be painful because its fractured and could be causing further damage. From my experience, just because the pain is less, doesn't mean walking more is harmless. I'm pretty sure a doctor would advise to limit walking (if possible). However, if you've gone to the doctor and they gave you this boot to wear, whatever you're experiencing is probably normal. You can always give the clinic a follow-up call and ask this question.

    I can sympathize with you as I was recently injured and also live alone. I'm 26 and was in my first car accident. I was rear ended and sent into oncoming traffic. I'm happy to be alive, I should have been killed, paralyzed, or severely injured. After the accident, I collected a few things and exited my vehicle. (I only have a fractured vertebrae in my back!

    I hope you have a speedy recovery. Congrats on the new job!

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      Hi John, thank you for your reply.... OMG.. how lucky were you? That could of been so much worse... someone's definitely looking after you! thank goodness. I'm just going to hobble when necessary... I really need to keep my feet up... think I'm just too impatient for this horrible pain to stop.. painkillers only take edge off it - its only a week since I did it... I'm more upset at not being able to attend watching my beloved Liverpool Football Club... lol.. Get well soon John... take care x

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    i am 14 weeks out and back to nursing and i fractured my fifth metatarsal every morning it hurts until about 10 steps. it hurts after sitting for a while then trying to walk too! sorry to be a bearer of bad news!! ibprofen helps

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    Hi smigger15,

    Sorry to hear about your foot.

    While my accident was a little different along with break (hit by a falling tree, 3 breaks in the ankle resulting in pins and plates) about 18 months ago, I can only share what I was told.

    After months in casts I was given the boot and the surgeon said I needed to walk on it to get the strength back and blood flowing. I didn't at first through fear but my physio made me (she was excellent I needed the push (anxiety is a terrible thing 😭 ) and I found exactly what you said, the first 10 to 20 steps hurt but it gradually went away and as ashley1017 said it was the same after sitting for a bit.

    I would have thought that if they are happy for you to have the boot I would have though a little and often, although I am not a medial person either but just my thoughts on my experience.

    Although I wouldn't suggest going mad, I have heard of poeple who took more and more drugs because the pain got worse but as john73232 said they were causing further damage so balance is the key!

    I hope it recovers quickly in time for your new job and I wish you a speedy recovery!!

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      Thanks for your reply Freddy, much appreciated. Not good is it? Never mind... as you say, little & often is probably best to keep the blood flowing & enhance the healing process. 😊 Hopefully I'll be recovered enough to at least start my new job 😁

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