Avulsion Fracture of 5th Metatarsal

A couple weeks ago (October 10), I violently twisted my right ankle, thus breaking the base of my fifth metatarsal. After seeing a few doctors at the ER, I was given a black vel-cro walking boot and crutches, and was told I could essentially let pain be my guide (do anything unless it causes pain). A few days ago, I noticed that I could walk short distances while wearing my walking boot (without crutches) without any pain. Lately, the only pain I have been experiencing is when there is increased blood flow to the area (such as when I first get out of bed in the morning). The swelling has gone down quite a bit, and the bruises around the base of my foot and by my toes are also going away slowly. I also have a pain when I gently touch any part of my foot near the break, as well as a little in a tendon in my ankle when my foot is limp.

I'm 21 years old, have a checkup appointment with the doctor in two weeks, and otherwise in good health.

I know this is a lot of information---I'm just wondering if I'm doing the right things and that the occasional aches I'm experiencing are normal. While walking in the boot, I have no pain, and I'm assuming, since it's called a walking boot, that it's okay to continue to do so in short distances.

Thanks so much for your help!

Posted By Ross on October 23, 2004 at 18:57:14:

The Shin Splint Compression Wrap applies gentle pressure on soft tissue next to the tibia (shin bone), helping prevent additional tearing of the soft tissue away from the tibia. Compression not only reduces additional damage, it alleviates pain and enhances the healing process.

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