I broke my fifth metatarsal vertically about 2.5 inches(almost in half).

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My foot was very swollen when I went to orthodedic so he wrapped it in ace bandage, gave me a short boot and a walker and told me no weight on it al all but didn't tell me for how long. My question is, is it normal to have shooting burning pain in the area that is broken? This started yesterday ( 3 days after falling). Is this part of the healing process? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Hi Beverly,

    So sorry...shooting, burning pain tells me that either your foor is so swollen that it is interfering with nerve transmission

    Or, if not swelling, the bones may have shifted and are impinging upon the nerve.

    Call the doc now...and keep me posted

    kind regards


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      Thank you so much for your reply. I have a call into the doctor but he hasn't called me back yet. My foot is swollen and very hot. I will keep you posted on what he says and again, thank you for your response you're very kind.


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      Hi Beverly


      In the meantime

      stay off if the foot altogether

      elevate the foot above your shoulder height

      pack the foot in ice packs, placing a light towel between your foot and the ice bag



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    Greetings Beverly,  I'm glad that you recontacted your doctor about your pain.  I hope he has good news for you.  Judith gave you good advise in the mean time.  I also used the RICE protocol. (Rest,Ice,Compression,Elevation).  I don't understand the "vertial" break.  My metatarsal fracture was called a Jones fracture and there were 3 breaks kind of Y shaped.  For the 1st week I also had a short boot, lots of brusing and swelling with some pain, but when I saw an orthopedist I ended up in a non weight bearing cast for 4 weeks with more changes following.  Be sure to keep weight off of your foot.  My orthopedist says healing depends on being NWB. Oh, and the younger the better.  Grrr.  Healing definitely takes TIME!  Good luck and keep us up to date.  Devs Mom

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