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Displaced Fracture - Advice?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 13, 2008
  • 00:48 AM

Hi I'm a 23 year old female. Almost 7 weeks ago I went over ******n my foot, hearing the crunch and feeling the pain I went to my A&E department where I was told I have a displaced break of my 5th metatarsal, the doctor wasnt sure if it needed pins as she was a locum and the fracture docture was on holidays so basically they plastered me up and sent me home to return in 10days. I saw the xray which the bones were clearly not aligned and the break was not straight accross but more diagonal.

On going back the doctor decided to leave me in a cast for a further 4 weeks and then get checked out again. I did so and last tue i got the cast off, however the doctor said he would have hoped for more bone growth at this stage (looking at the xrays) and something about a lack of calcification?

He then told me to put a little weight on it and come back in 4 weeks... As you can probably tell the local fracture department is somewhat of a conveyer belt so i was unable to ask many questions and he offered me little advice! What i want to know is, should I try walking more or less without the crutches - am i doing more damage if i put my whole weight on it? I still have some pain and it feels strange but i suppose that's to be expected. Would it have been better to have gotten the bones manipulated into place? And happens if it doesnt heal? I want to get back to work as soon as possible (Im a primary teacher which required good mobility) but i dont know what is advisable.

Just wondering if anyone has any advice? Should i seed a second oppinion?

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