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In ballet class last week I landed badly on my left foot. I thought it was an ankle sprain but next morning, after checking my symptoms online decided to go to A&E. I have a displaced fracture of the shaft of the fifth metatarsal. Today I had my session at the hospital with a foot and ankle surgeon who was standing in for the consultant.
The doctor was of the opinion that the fracture should heal well by just resting, using a boot and crutches where necessary avoiding weight bearing. I have read that the recovery time without surgery is quite lengthy and the risk of a repeat fracture is increased. I am also concerned that, left to heal on its own, full functionality may not be regained. I am over 50, very active and LOVE dancing. It would be quite a blow if I could not get back into it.
Has as anyone out there been through something similar? Or if you are starting out, like me, what choices have you been given? I am in the UK south West area.
Also the doctor first said I should use the boot at night. I said that would be very uncomfortable and were there other options. In the end he said a compression stocking would be enough. I have seen some soft splints. Any thoughts on these?
Here is a photo of my X-ray
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