Re: 5th metatarsal fx

Not that this is any consolation, but I've been in your shoes (pardon the pun).

My son fractured his hand playing baseball and lost out on a similar opportunity.

I can not comment on your son's situation as I have not examined him. I will however ask the following:

were both feet x-rayed? There is a secondary growth center called an apophysis at eh base of the 5th metatarsal in kids, until the bone is done growing. X-raying both feet distinguishes between a true fracture and the normal growth center.

If the doctor is sure about the fracture then what is significant about 3 weeks. I would not expect the fracture to be fully healed then. Maybe it is just for a look see. I alwways find that no matter what I tell the patient, they always believe that when they return they will be fully well.

I wish I could help you, but, contrary to what you read, see, and hear about professional athletes returning in short time. I NEVER condone this. Not that your child will understand or get over it real soon, but one day he will understand.

Good luck.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on July 17, 2005 at 23:07:37:

In Reply to: 5th metatarsal fx posted by Baseball Mom on July 16, 2005 at 16:43:34:

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