fractured fifth metatarsal not healing

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8 weeks ago I fractured the fifth metatarsal(closer to ankle than to my little toe) of my left foot. A cast was on for 4 weeks and I used crutches and a wheelchair to get around. When the cast came off my foot was still very swollen and painful. I then wore just a cast shoe and used one crutch and started physical therapy. Last week another x ray was done and it showed that no significant healing has taken place.
The pain is still sharp if I flex or turn my foot in but I can stand on it flat without pain. There is also pain up closer to my little toe. If I have the option to wait longer for healing or to have surgery, what would your recommendation be? Thanks for any info.


    Vivian Abrams DPM

    9 10

    I would really need to see the x-rays in order to formulate an opinion. But here are some general thoughts You might want to get a second opinion from someone who can see your foot and the x-rays. Please request copies well in advance. The original x-rays stay with the doctor.


    9 10

    Hi there, my name is laurie. I have a question concerning my 4th and 5th metatarsals. Ithe impression from my MRI said that I have marrow edema int the basas of the 4th and 5th metatarsals likely indication microtrabecular trauma. My foot is has sharp pains and if I go to reach for somehing. I have sharp pains to. I can walk as long as I don’t twist and turn. if I have been on it to long, it stays sore for hours after. any recomendations?


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