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Hi, I have a displaced avulsion fracture of the 5th metatarsal as a result of a fall 2 weeks ago. The consultant said it wasn't displaced, put me in a cast up to my knee, told me weight bearing was allowed on the heel and he'd see me in 6 weeks.
Well I've had a lot of problems with the cast causing blisters/rubbing so have been back begging for a removeable boot thinking this could give me some respite when laying still. I haven't been able to put weight on the heel anyway as it hurt too much and have even prescribed oramorph for the pain. I saw another consultant who said no way could I go in a boot as the bone was displaced so needed to be completely immobilised. He also said if it didn't set then I may have to have surgery. He appeared shocked when I said I wasn't due to see my original consultant until the 6 week mark when I was told the cast would come off. He and the nurse gave each other a look and they both commented on it being a bad break. They then booked me in immediately to see my original consultant for his next clinic in less than a weeks time (I'm due back Monday). My local hospital (Kettering, UK) has not got the best reputation and in fact my poor neighbour is suffering still 2 years on from a poorly set hand. I also know of another woman who sadly had a similar experience at the same hospital. So I'm worried, particularly when I have 2 consultants saying different things. I'm fortunate to have private health care cover (although it's limited) so am considering requesting a referral to another consultant. Can anyone recommend a good orthopaedic surgeon in the UK, either NHS or private please? I'm not sure if you're allowed to ask this question on an open forum so apologies if I'm not! But also many thanks in advance for any advice or information.
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