Concerned about healing of 5th metatarsal

Dr. Abrahms:

I fractured my L. 5th metatarsal on Dec. 13th by inverting my ankle sharply causing a "pop" in my foot.

According to my Orthopedic Dr., it is classified as "benign". Looking at the X-Rays, you cannot noticed anything on the A-P view; however, on the lateral view a slight fracture line with what seems to look like a small chip off the bone was presented at the base right near the cuboid. The Dr. opted not to put a cast on but his orders were to Ace wrap it for one week while wearing a post-op shoe, then just to wear a substantial sock (thorlo-like) with the boot. I was instructed to use my crutches and bear weight as tolerated for three weeks. My appt. is tomorrow: (1/8/04).

What my concerns are:

There is a sideways pertrusion of the exact area of fracture; resembling a bunion that has been appararent since the time of injury. It has gone done in size slightly (approximately 25%) as of today. It is tender to the touch, but not painful. I also still have some bruising up by my 2nd & 3rd metatarsal ends. I feel a click as I try to wiggle my toes up and down. When I wrapped my foot, this area felt like pins and needles when I tried to wiggle my toes in that fashion. My use of cruthes has quite franckly been poor. I've been hobbling around on my injured foot (slowly), bearing weight on the inside of my foot to avoid any pain. If I try to walk in a normal fashion, my foot's function in the process feels disoriented and still unstable. I am unable to put an equal distribution of weight on both feet w/o feeling pain in my injured foot.
Are there any concerns or questions you feel I should raise to my Dr. tomorrow?

Thank you.


Posted By Angela Ciliento on January 07, 2004 at 10:19:15:

Malleoloc for lateral ankle instability. Designed to prevent inversion and eversion. Malleoloc does not restrict plantar and dorsiflexion. Excellent for sports use.

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