Broken 5th metatarsal To Matthew and others.
Matthew and all others with broken fifth metatarsal bones!
I am so choked up, I don’t know where to start. I consider the foot doctor/surgeon I dealt with a BUTCHER THANK GOD, that I DID NOT DO WHAT HE RECOMMENDED.
If I would have done exactly what he advised, I believe I might be in your position now Matthew.
(I also went to another podiatrist a few months ago whom I also did not like.
He was extremely impersonal and had a “give me your money and get out of here” kind of attitude. -by the way, I have read every 5th metatarsal story on this board.
My heart goes out to all of you.
I also felt depressed and generally experienced feelings of frustration and helplessness.
Perhaps we should take this time as an indication to slow down and reflect upon our lives.
I am just trying to be helpful.
Keep what you find useful and ignore the rest. What I do for my fracture:-I realize that not everyone can do what I do.
Your fracture may need more drastic measures.
Please follow your intuition.-I wear hiking boots, that is my solution instead of what the doctor prescribed -my foot seems to be healing.-however, from what I read on the Internet, and from my intuition, it seems that 5th metatarsal fractures are tricky, and I should be careful for many months-I try to eat calcium rich foods (cheese, yogurt, seaweed, broccoli, brown rice, beans…)-I hypnotize myself (another way of saying this is, I relax deeply) and I imagine a screw joining my bones together.
I have seen a X-Ray of a Jones fracture joined together by a screw, on the Internet and this provides a picture for me.-sometimes I imagine a thin flexible wire joining my bones together-other times I imagine glue is holding my bones together. -I don’t do the self hypnosis as often as I would like it is difficult to concentrate, but I am feeling like it more, as I write this.
I guess even writing here is helpful.
Here is my story: I hope it helps someone.- I broke my fifth metatarsal in January 2013 and I never had a broken bone before.
I am in my forties, so healing is not taking place as easily as when I was younger.-In my first X-ray the 5th metatarsal was broken in two -possibly three- places. (conflicting information).-I asked to see my X-rays and I could see at least two places.-I was given a removable fiberglass cast and was prescribed crutches-the prescription stated:SEMI-WEIGHT BEARING-as soon as I put on fiberglass cast I could immediately feel that it was not the right thing to wear.-there was not supposed to be much weight on the foot (semi-weight bearing), BUT WHEN I WORE THE CAST, EVEN WITH THE CRUTCHES, THERE WAS TOO MUCH WEIGHT ON THE FOOT (the doc, or should I say THE BUTCHER), said I could put some weight on it.
IT HURT and it did not feel right!-I chose to do what I felt intuitively.
I took off the cast, laid around in bed a lot (I did not like this, but I did it anyway)-I hobbled around the house using furniture to lean on instead of crutches.-when I went back to the doc for the second visit, I did no tell him immediately that I did not wear the cast He asked, but I was evasive, and I said “Well, let’s see how the X-rays are.-he took the X-rays and then he got angry at me, he was rude and condescending.-it appeared that he wanted me to have worn the cast, and have me put weight on my foot, so that my second visit I would need an operation (or something like that)-he said something like: “what use is it, if you don’t do what I tell you?”-he gave me something else to wear -he put it on me but he took it off before I got off his chair, do that I did not have an opportunity to walk around in it in his office.-when I got home and put it on and walked around, I almost killed myself walking around in it. (i.e. I kept slipping) DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A DANGEROUS PRODUCT place where I can report this?
It should not be on the market! -a short while later, I took a witness with me and went to his office, telling the secretary that what the doctor gave me was inappropriate and I would like to talk to him for a couple of minutes to explain the problem.-after making us wait for 40-60 min., she said he could not see us until the end of the day, or I could make another app’t (for which I would have to pay)-I handed her a letter I had prepared, stating my concerns.-I pleaded with her, asking whether he could spare a few minutes now, because the person I came with (who also drove me there) had to leave.-she got rude and refused.-we left-when I got home, I phoned my insurance, tried to explain what happened and I said I thought the doctor should NOT be paid-the insurance said they would do an investigation, but I would not find out the results of it (apparently prohibited by federal law)-however, they would send me some kind of letter (I am still expecting it)Bye for now.