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Hello, I am a young dancer who fractured this bone two days ago. I did this by rolling over my foot in dance rehearsals...immediately afterwards I got back up a little tear eyed and continued walking and dancing a bit. I was limited in lateral movements and felt excruciating pain pointing my toe, his lead me to get an X Ray about three hours later. They originally diagnosed me with this fifth metatarsal fracture but also in the growth plate. I went to see an orthopedic 8 hours later determined to find out better news. They said the same thing but I was not growing therefore it was not in the plate. I was given a boot, and told I could weight bear but to use crutches for a week or so. Dance is something I am serious and passionate about and this injury according to professionals would set me out for 6-8 weeks, and truly I don’t have that time. So I pushed it and asked them to get me an appointment in two weeks, they agreed because they saw I was persistent. I AM EXTREMLY CONCERNED... I have done research and some people have said the healing time is months for this kind of injury. I ditched the crutches the first day and was weight bearing on my own with the boot I woke up today (day two) and there is swelling vertically from my fifth toe to my heel. I am still able to walk in the boot. I have even tried to walk without it a bit in the shower and I can without pain if I probate the foot a tad.
Does anyone know if I am causing damage by ignoring the pain and attempting to get blood flow to this bone by walking on my own? Is there anyone who has had a speedy recovery for this injury? Anything anyone suggests to speed this up besides eating healthier, because again I am very young and take good care of my body unless under a circumstance like this? Is swelling an indication to stop putting weight on it? For anyone who has recovered, has it been a full recovery or were you still restricted to strenuous activity?
Overall my goal is to be able to get this boot off by week 3-4 which may sound risky and dangerous to others but as a young adult I have very important auditions, performances, and events coming up in my life leading to my first year of college. My biggest concern is getting on my feet and causing a further injury, I am not concerned about arthritis for it is painful but something dancers are able to dance with if needed.
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