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Navicular Fracture - Can anyone tell me what to expect?

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  • Posted By: Vikefantam
  • August 15, 2009
  • 02:44 PM

Hi, all.

About a week ago, I miscounted my basement steps, thought I was at the bottom but still had one to go. I landed on the outside of my right foot, twisting it underneath. Normally, I'm one to stub my toe, curse and move on. This time, I lay at the bottom of the steps and howled for about 5 minutes. I got up and limped on it for a few days before going to see a pod doc. I figured it was best since the pain was still bad and the sides of my foot and the toes were completely purple/black. There was edema on the top.

They diagnosed a navicular fracture, applied an Unna boot and a cam walker. I was given Anaprox DS (guess docs are afraid to give out narcotics anymore even for fractures and I am just suffering thru the pain because the Anaprox only takes it down so far, but it is improving). Anyway, I've read there are 3 kinds of navicular fractures but I'm not sure which I have. I saw the X-ray and am sure it's not comminuted. I did read that often these fractures require surgery. Is this true? Or can I just expect 6 weeks in an Unna boot with my clunky cam walker? I'm trying not to walk on it (was told I could weight bear with the walker and I do have 3 pugs to walk).

Any advice/experiences would be greatly appreciated. I think it would be better to have broken it anywhere other than right near the ankle joint. Any movement of the ankle makes me howl. So goes my summer:

One massive UTI (I let it go untreated for a week, using OTC Pyridium) with kidney and bladder stones, causing sepsis leading to pleurisy and pericarditis, an infected IV causing infected phlebitis and a second round of sepsis, 5 rounds of antibiotics, 2 massive courses of steroids and probably no good or bad bacteria left in my ravaged body. One seizure due to being given Cipro which lowers the seizure threshold. Chronic use of anti-inflammatory medication due to conditions and now a broken foot. I'm worried about my liver.

Thanks so much in advance. Docs just don't tell you much. I go back next Wednesday. I'm just wondering if I should expect surgery and if so, when they will know.

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