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Hi there folks! Well, I've read a few threads on here and it seems everyone can have a thoroughly different experience dealing with a 5th metatursal fracture! I'll start off by saying I'm not a particularly athletic guy, but I'm in reasonably good shape. However, I'm in nightlife and am no spring chicken (about to turn 50). I also had some bad habits that I've curbed (particularly smoking which I finally quit cold turkey 6 weeks ago -- pretty sure this has affected my healing time greatly). I fractured my 5th metatursal bone on my right foot on the February 24. I was in a hard cast for 6 weeks and it was removed. Got xrays before the cast and after it was removed. I was told by my doctor when it was first removed to not weight bear for two weeks and get another x-ray. Did that and doc said only partial healing and stay off yet another 2 weeks and get x-ray. Did that and it was mostly healed with bones fusing nicely, but still a crack. So, once again my doctor says another 2 weeks with no weight bearing and then x-ray to see if healed. Basically (during this close to 3 month healing time) I've had varying amounts of swelling largely due either not being able to consistantly elevate it (sometimes I can't if I'm working for 5 hours at a time), but morevoer when it's damp outside (which has been the case many times this month alone) . I'm about to get x-ray'd again on Wednesday May 25th and feeling the doctor may tell me I'm ready to start weight bear. My foot has been looking very normal lately and rarely swells much. However, again, it's been damp lately and it swells during that time. My question is about what footwear, ideal/cheap/affordable/preferably somewhat cool looking sneaker brand is good to wear once I'm ready to weight bear and should I get a half size up from my normal sneaker size? I'd like to buy something online in advance of the doctor telling me it's time to weight bear so I have something on the ready. Also, I've read that you can have reoccuring mild to moderate swelling after a foot injury for up to two years?! I really hope not because I really would hate not being able to wear my fave shoes. Then again, at this point, I just relish the idea of simply taking a walk and being able to take the train without worrying about navigating stairs with crutches! Also, getting of these crutches in general (getting stiff joints and sorry arms). Any help asap with this stuff would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
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