Broken 5th metatarsal

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I am a 62 yr. old type 1 diabetic for 48 yrs with extreme neuropothy. I broke my 5th metatarsal just 2 days ago and the Dr. just wrapped my foot and put me in walking boot and said to see him in a week. This seems like a tame procedure for this injury. What is the usual procedure for this injury in long term diabetics with neuropothy?


    Vivian Abrams DPM

    9 10

    That depends on the type of fracture, i.e. is it in good position, is it displaced, where is the fracture- head neck shaft, base? Is it a Jones fracture? That’s a whole different ball game. What is your concern specifically about the treatment that was rendered? Did you voice your concerns to your doctor?


    9 10

    I too broke my 5th metatarsal. Be careful to stay off it as much as possible. I was but in a small ankle walking boot and when I went back for my follow up appointment 4 weeks later, the break was worse then it was initially. Now I have a larger boot and crutches for the next 4 weeks. If it doesn’t heal on its own, I will have to have surgery. Good luck and feel better soon.


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