fifth metatarsal fracture

I fractured my fifth metatarsal three weeks ago, in what appears to be an avulsion fracture. It is slightly displaced, but the doctor said it probably wouldn't require surgery. He recommended I see him four weeks later to see how it is healing, and in the meantime gave me a walking boot and said I could put weight on it. I am still experiencing some slight pain when putting weight on it, and I have bruising on my toes and slight swelling when I take the boot off. Is this normal? How long to avulsion fractures generally take to heal? If it does not heal correctly, is it too late to surgically fix?

Posted By Fran on March 02, 2005 at 06:21:59:

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