How is a displaced metatarsal fracture treated?

Posted by collierga @collierga, Jun 13 10:37am

Just diagnosed. With 2nd metatarsal fracture post fall of a deck .
Awaiting call from podiatry
Anyone have any experience with this ?
Hx of total right hip
Cervical stenosis with neuropathy in ties and hands
I am 66, bone density test normal
Thanks in advance

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@collierga I'm sorry this happened to you. Fractures of the foot and ankle can be very painful. It does help to elevate the leg above your heart any time you have swelling that increases pain. I went through this with a bad ankle fracture 2 years ago. Also, my husband had a stress fracture of a metatarsal and the podiatrist put him into a walking boot. If you have that and walk with it, make sure the heel height of the other shoe matches because otherwise you stress something else. That uneven height caused an Achiles tendon partial tear for my husband, then he got a boot on the other leg until that healed. It could throw your pelvis off too out of alignment which in turn affects the back. If it is a bigger fracture, you might be getting a fiberglass cast.

My ankle fracture required surgery and I hope you don't have to do that. This requires patience… lots of it, but there will be better days ahead. Will you let us know what your doctor advises?

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@jenniferhunter

@collierga I'm sorry this happened to you. Fractures of the foot and ankle can be very painful. It does help to elevate the leg above your heart any time you have swelling that increases pain. I went through this with a bad ankle fracture 2 years ago. Also, my husband had a stress fracture of a metatarsal and the podiatrist put him into a walking boot. If you have that and walk with it, make sure the heel height of the other shoe matches because otherwise you stress something else. That uneven height caused an Achiles tendon partial tear for my husband, then he got a boot on the other leg until that healed. It could throw your pelvis off too out of alignment which in turn affects the back. If it is a bigger fracture, you might be getting a fiberglass cast.

My ankle fracture required surgery and I hope you don't have to do that. This requires patience… lots of it, but there will be better days ahead. Will you let us know what your doctor advises?

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Thank you for your reply
Especially comment about walking boot matching shoe height
My legs are uneven know and have had inserts put in shoes so I will mention that to doctor
I would not have thought of that .
My appointment with podiatrist is tomorrow will let u know what he says
Thanks again

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@collierga

Thank you for your reply
Especially comment about walking boot matching shoe height
My legs are uneven know and have had inserts put in shoes so I will mention that to doctor
I would not have thought of that .
My appointment with podiatrist is tomorrow will let u know what he says
Thanks again

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Thanks all for helpful comments
No surgery needed but walking boot making me walk uneven
Ordered a Even Up shoe balancer , should get here today.
Thank you to Jennifer for mentioned to check on that
Today is first day with no pain

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@collierga

Thanks all for helpful comments
No surgery needed but walking boot making me walk uneven
Ordered a Even Up shoe balancer , should get here today.
Thank you to Jennifer for mentioned to check on that
Today is first day with no pain

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@collierga It sounds like you are on the mend now, and no surgery is a blessing. No pain is also wonderful and so soon after the fracture. I would think you will have a good recovery with this, but remember to take it easy. I think you will do well with healing.

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