5th Metatarsal Fracture

One week ago, I fell from an ottoman in my house and suffered a 5th metatarsal fracture. I was seen by a family practioner in a clinic who xrayed my right foot and confirmed the fracture. It is sort of midshaft and a spiral fracture. I had tremendous swelling and bruising to my toes, and alot of bruising to my second and third toes on that foot as well as the actual fracture area on the dorsal lateral aspect. I was placed in an ace wrap and a ortho shoe. I was told to not bear weight to the foot for three or four days and come back for addtional xrays in three weeks. I am still having alot of swelling if my foot is not elevated constantly, and I am having alot of pain also on the dorsal surface although it is over the 1st metatarsal, not the 5th. I am a nurse and did not see on xray any evidence of a fracture to anything but the 5th metatarsal, but the other area is reddened about the size of a half dollar and is actually causing more discomfort than the actual fracture site. Is this normal with this type of fracture? Also, I am not placing weight on the foot, because I have always understood that these types of fractures required a nonweightbearing cast for about 6 weeks. Do you think I should seek evaluation by an ortho guy?

Posted By Rusty on September 03, 2003 at 10:41:10:


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