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Limping after a 5th Metatarsal fracture

by Karen

I had a 5th metatarsal fracture 13 weeks ago. I saw my foot doctor for the broken bone. I had the hard aircast pump up boot on for 6 weeks. I then had the aircast ankle brace on for 3 weeks. It was a closed fracture. How long can it take for the limping to fully go away? I am walking much better. I still have a limp when I try to walk fast. It has been 2 1/2 weeks since I came out of the ankle brace. I also have a clicking and stretching-popping-grinding sound in my good knee on the other leg when I go up and downstairs. I have been released from the foot doctor as of 2 1/2 weeks ago when I came out of the brace. My doctor thinks I am doing good. He feels the knee issue will go away in time as well. Could the knee issue, the limping and the sore feet take a while to go all the way away? My foot doctor said it takes time. I am wondering if I need to discuss this with my family doctor. I asked my foot doctor and he said it would go away. Is this all normal to you?

Hi Karen,
It sounds pretty normal. You do not mention your age or your weight and those factors could influence the amount of time it takes for your fractured area and knee to stop hurting.
My rule of thumb for my patients, is that if each week you are feeling a little bit better than the week before, then you know you are well on your way. If you reach a point where you do not see this improvement then there may be a problem.
I do not know where you fractured your fifth metatarsal bone, but the base of the bone is a notoriously slow healer due to the poor blood supply to that area of the foot.
If you have concerns, your family doctor is probably not your best bet; a second opinion by another podiatrist or orthopedist would be a better choice.
Marc Mitnick DPM

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Sep 14, 2019
Getting there orif 5th metatarsal avulsion
by: JJ

Had a non union 5th metatarsal fracture. GP said it wasn’t broken so walked in pain, 6 months later got 2nd opinion and it was broken. Ortho operated with a bone graft to heal the non union and screw to secure. Fracture was in between where a dancer and jones intersect, not many blood vessels there and notorious for bad healing.

After surgery was in a cast for 3 weeks nwb, daily shots of fragmin and opioids for pain for 30 days. Then aircast boot, nwb another 5 weeks, then partial wb till 12 weeks. Transitioning out of boot to supportive sneakers halo one one. Physio to regain range of motion from week 6, hydrotherapy also. At 12 weeks still getting some swelling if foot is under pressure or resting on ground for more than an hour, doc said swelling can and will continue up to 12 months as that is soft tissue healing after surgery. Ice and elevate as needed. Still some pain, also normal as nerves are regrowing. Swimming has kept me sane. I let the pain guide me to how much I use the foot. Physio is definitely helping, they have a inflatable machine to reduce swelling which is great.

If you are suffering with this just know it is not easy and go easy on yourself. Take the time to heal as if you don’t you will end up in surgery and the recovery is much longer. If you are unsatisfied with your original diagnosis don’t be afraid to seek out a second opinion.

Stay strong! Blessings

Nov 02, 2017
5th met woes
by: Melissa

I am an obese diet controlled diabetic. I broke my 5th metA,, closed fracture, 5 mm distance. Surgery, two weeks ago to fuse, two screws. I was placed in a splint and ace bandage NWB for 3 weeks. I am 59 years old. I am going stir crazy. Foot is still swollen. I go back to Doc next week. Do I have any hope for recovery?
Your diabetes and weight works against you, but if you do not put any weight on it, you stand a good chance of healing.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Oct 23, 2017
Pulsing pain
by: Jay

I broke my 5th metatarsal 12 weeks ago. Had a plaster cast on for a day then an air boot for 8 weeks. Side of foot almost pain free but I now get a severe pulsing pain right across the top of my foot that takes my breath away. It's not constant but when it happens its like a shock. I'm hoping this is the tendons/ligaments shrinking (is that something that happens??) back after stretching when I went over on it. Heard them snap back when I did the initial injury so obviously stretched them at the time. Worried I'm doing more harm than good walking on it.

Why not give your doctor's office a call and see what he or she has to say?

Marc Mitnick DPM

Oct 16, 2017
It takes forever to heal properly
by: Ann

I broke my fifth metatarsal in July, 2016. I was in a plaster cast then a CAM walker for a total of 7 months. I was non weight-bearing for the first 15 weeks. When I could actually walk with the boot I was still in a lot of pain. It was discovered that I also had a Morton's neuroma. In November and December, 2016 I had two cortisone injections. Seven months after the initial injury, the break finally healed and I was released from my CAM walker in February, 2017. After a painful February and March, 2017 I did physical therapy for April and May, 2017. It is now October, 2017, 15 months later, and I am finally back to normal. I can walk 3-4 miles at a time and can exercise normally. My doctor said this is a very slow healing injury, and was compounded because I was 60 years old. I just wanted you to know that sometimes it just takes a long time to heal.

Oct 15, 2017
5th metatarsal fracture 5 months on
by: Nicole

I have a my 5th metatarsal fracture 1st week of June (fractured from the base) I am 45 yr old. Dr. said it is going to heal, saw the last x-ray a month ago and there is still a big gap at the outer end of the bone. He said it could take several months to completely heal but at the moment my foot has been in so much pain right at the bottom just underneath the fractured bone for the last 3 day specially when it touches the floor with my weight and start walking the pain is worse. Dr. said I am suffering from a sural nerve. I have asked for scan or maybe an ultrasound to see if there is damaged on the nerve but he is reluctant to give me one. Is this normal? I am in pain from time to time but this one does not seem to stop.
Can you enlighten me please.
Many thanks.

Hi Nicole,

If my math is correct your fracture is over 16 weeks old. Uneventful healing of fractures occurs in 6-8 eight weeks in healthy individuals who do not smoke.
Historically fifth metatarsal fractures are poor healing fractures and have a high incidence of non-union.
Although I am not privy to your x-rays, but if there is still a big gap, the fracture may not heal at all.
Ask your doctor about securing a bone stimulator for you which may help close the fracture, although you would have been better off having one back in June.
The sural nerve runs along the top of the foot, not the bottom, so am not sure how that is part of the problem.
There are a number of things I do not like about your narrative, so I think the best advice I can give you is to get a second opinion from another doctor in your area.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 18, 2017
5th metatarsal break
by: Jasmine

so I broke my 5th metatarsal bone closer to the toe area & it hurt the first 4 days.. after 1 week I can put weight on it in the air cast... i have no pain. Havent had pain since day 4.. doctor was wiggling the bone around and pressing on the area to see if there was pain.. still no pain while he was doing it.. its 2 weeks post break and Im not using crutches.. is this too early ? Is it going to take longer to heal ? Should i use the crutches.. swelling also almost completely gone.. still no pain ... is there a chance its healing or am I just high pain tolerance or... I dont know what to do. For the first week I didnt put any weight on it because I was scared . I NEED some advice.. im also 22 slim build.. 140 lbs..

The best advice I can give you is to ask your doctor as he or she is much more familiar with your case then I could ever be.
In general, depending on the type of fracture and since the fracture is closer to the toe you could probably walk on it with the AirCast.
I am fairly comfortable saying the fracture itself is probably not healed after only two weeks.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 08, 2017
Still pain in 5th metatarsal
by: Richa

hi, I suffered a fracture of 5th metatarsal in zone 2 on 25th May 2017. I was given a plaster for 2 weeks and then was given a walking boot and advised to meet doctors after 6 weeks. When I met, I was again asked to keep the boot and try walking bare foot- the xray dint show healing but doctor said, I was doing better so I am supposed to meet the doctor again on 17th aug. Now I am in 10th week - while I try to walk inside home without walking boot, it is difficult and possible only with a limp. Also I m having pain. Is this a sign that surgery might be required or is pain natural? how can one tell. I don't want to wait till 17th aug to find out. please help if possible.

Aug 03, 2017
Hello to all
by: Miguel

I broke my 5th metatarsal bone in my foot June 10, 2017. I was in a rush walking down my stairs missed a step and landed on my left foot wrong. After a day of swelling and bruising I decided to see a doctor. They placed a splint on my foot and referred me to see a podiatrist. My first visit maybe three weeks after the break they cut my splint off gave me a boot/ shoe and sent me home. They wanted me to elevate take meds ice and walk on it from time to time for exercise. I returned august 2, 2017 and the bones are still not mending together. I know every patient is different. But was it normal for the doctor to put on a splint instead of a normal cast. And was it normal for the doctor to remove it only after 3 weeks. Feel like bone would of healed differently if they've put on a hard cast from day one. Please help I need some advice! Is this medical malpractice.

Jul 22, 2017
when can i flex my feet?
by: SC

I broke my 5th metatarsal on a waterfall 18 days ago. After wearing a partial cast with bandage for 1 week, orthopedist told me to wear the low top boot. I think it's heavy. So i'm wearing the inside cushion whenever i'm at home and use the whole boot only when outdoors but never stepping on it, yet. Using wheel chair or crutches, electricity therapy, massage and bandages daily inside of foam. If it doesn't hurt, can i do exercises like bending or flexing my foot? or does that delay the recovery of the bone? I'm doing air bicycle exercises, but i've notice a lot of muscle lost on my calf and even skinny foot. I'm 5'6" and 115 lbs.

This is a question best asked of your doctor as he or she is most familiar with the degree of fracture and other potential medical issues that you may have.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 12, 2017
5th metatarsal - pain while walking
by: rick

HI all,

I fractured base of 5th metatarsal of right foot on 29.04.2017 in the morning while jogging. My right foot was under hard cast for 6 weeks and was opened on 09.06.2017 and an x-ray was conducted after removal of cast and the bone has been completely healed. I can see both the x-rays i.e. one done initially and now after removal and the crack has completely gone. All these 6 weeks I was using crunches and hardly put the feet down except few times while getting up etc. but putting nominal weight.

Now past 3 days since removal of cast, there is pain in my right foot and I cant walk properly, also there is lot of swelling in right foot. Is it normal--- due to inactivity of my right foot and should go as days pass or should I consult another doctor.

I am 33 and heavy build.

Jun 02, 2017
feel your pain
by: ronnie

on jan 1, 2017 i missed the last step and broke my foot,sustained an avulsion fracture, tore ligaments, tendons, and an ankle fracture. i was in a cast with crutches for 2 months; then the boot for almost 2 months. i just started walking in shoes that are totally different from what i like. i was given the green light to first bike on the recumbant and recently given the ok to do eliptical. it is still painful, swollen and i walk incredible slow and purposeful. since my muscles have atrophied from almost 4 months of nwb, it is very difficult to not walk with a limp. i am kinda just happy to be walking at this point and hopefully more improvement will come in time. not to mention i have disuse osteoporosis; but that may pass or perhaps not. i am 51 in excellent shape but my bones are not 20 anymore. the doctor said my left foot my never be the same again; it is just something that one must come to accept. the whole experience did make me mentally stronger since i am single, fiercely independent and had to work the entire time. i discovered novel ways to shop, do laundry, shower, make it up and downs steps, and just try to normalize my life as much as possible. i wish the best for all of you and the challenges that you face:)

May 27, 2017
Fractured (displaced) 5th metatarsal,right foot
by: Tegan

I fractured and displaced that base of my 5th metatarsal on the base(now 15 weeks ago) i am a footballer and did it at football,I'm now healed and have started training and bits in matches,I get pain in the muscular part of my foot and pain in my right knee the same side as my brake,and walk with a bit of a limp,my physio has gave me stretches for the muscles in my foot and knee

May 12, 2017
10weeks and now swollen
by: Nancy

Avulsion fracture fifth metatarsal 10 weeks ago. Released from docs, but today my foot is swollen, no pain.
Any suggestions?


Alert your doctor, see what he or she says.
Marc Mitnick DPM

May 02, 2017
9 weeks later and still in pain!
by: Sam

9 weeks ago, I slammed a door on my foot and ended up having non-displaced fractures at the base of the 4th and 5th metatarsals. I went to my doctor yesterday (5/2/17) and my x-rays show that the bones are healing, but I am always in pain. My doctor recommends an MRI which I cannot get done until the end of May.

Any suggestions on what could be causing such severe pain at all times and nauseating shooting pain when touching over the fractures?


Since your doctor is the one most familiar with your condition, why not place a call to the office and ask the doctor? Anyone else is just guessing.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Apr 10, 2017
recovery... surgery... ?
by: Stephany

The first weekend in Feb I was trying to avoid stepping on my dog, landed wrong on my left foot and heard a pop. Turns out i completely broke my 5th meta. Non displaced, so that was good... But i have been in an air cast for 8+ weeks now. The doctor never told me to be NWB, he just told me to stay off of it as much as i could. I do not have to sleep in the air cast or use crutches. My last follow up on the 23rd of April showed no signs of improvement so the doc ordered me a bone simulator. I am still having some pain in the left foot when I have to be up on it. HOW LONG DOES THIS HEALING TAKE! I go back for another follow up on 5/4/17 to decide on surgery/screw. I am literally about to lose my mind. Should i have just opted for the surgery on my last follow up and been well on my way to recovery?!


In very broad terms, if there is no improvement on x-ray at your next visit, then give some serious thought to surgical repair.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Apr 10, 2017
by: Angela

Can anyone advise what exercise to do to get rid of limping after 5th Metatarsal surgery. Its now 12th week and still limping although I try to walk normal - it starts hurting my upper hips and thighs after walking few feet.
Doctor said she does not know I am limping since the fracture has healed. She said she could not do anything - but after i recommended that I want to see the therapist so she referred one- still have to go for one.

There are no exercises to stop limping. You have to stop the source of the pain, so physical therapy is your best option.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Apr 09, 2017
Jones Fracture, 6 months still not completely healed
by: Kendra

October 16, 2016, I rolled my left foot in a pair of Dansko's clogs, heard the pop! And realized something bad had happened. 2 days later xrays and Ortho appt. Jones Fracture of the 5th metatarsal non-displaced. 4 weeks casted NWB except the heel only, then another 4 weeks partial weight bearing in a cast. December, virtually no healing, put in black Ortho boot and told to sleep in it. Heel pain unbearable. Finally told ok not to sleep in boot. Jan 4,2017 ER identified blood clot in my calf due to the boot. Now blood thinners for 6 mo. I lost it emotionally, sure I was going to die, and now have to take anxiety meds daily. Non-Union in Jan. Thank God purchased an Exogen bone stimulator. March, finally told x-ray shows healing but need to go another 8 weeks full weight bearing. Daily bone stim and doc said ditch the crutches. Severe heel pain when they to walk crutch-less. Can do one crutch ok. I turn 50 this month, have NEVER broken a bone until now in my life. I have lost 50 lbs from the stores and depression of it all and sometimes it feels like it's never going to end. Anyone else out there deal with the whole blood clot mess? Would love to hear your story.

Apr 07, 2017
by: Angela

My fractures have healed - doctor told me after seeing the x-ray (10 WKS) but when I walk after few yards my hip and thighs hurt and start to limp.
Any advise.

Apr 05, 2017
Nondisplaced 5th Metatarsal
by: Amber

Hi Everyone,
Any advice, suggestion or thoughts are appreciated.
March 20th, I missed a step going from kitchen into garage. Fell on the side of my left foot. Went to ER, it was confirmed I broke the 5th Metatarsal of my left foot. I met with my foot specialist, which he confirmed it was a non-displaced break in between the Jones and Avulsion area of the bone. Placed in a boot, NWB for 8 wks. The boot was not good for me. I felt pain in the fractured area whenever I would move my foot for anything. Transitioned into a hard cast after 1 wk. Much better and provides more stability for my foot. I have been reading many stories about the 5th metatarsal fracture. Many people have seen no improvement after 6 wks and were told they needed surgery. Is this common? Those 6 wks for these people have been a waste of time. I understand my age (46) plays a huge factor in the healing process/time.
Thank you!

Mar 29, 2017
5th Metatarsal Facture
by: Angela

I had fractured my 5th metatarsal and had surgery on Jan 23rd and 3 clips were inserted to hold the broken bones so it could heal faster that was recommendation from the doctor.
Its now 10th week, symptoms are still limping and at the end of the day my foot gets swollen.
I try to walk normal but after few yards get back to limping.

Did anyone had surgery and please tell the healing time.

Fifth metatarsal fractures are notoriously slow healing fractures, but after ten weeks, especially since you had surgery, under most circumstances you would have expected the fracture to be healed.
You need to let your surgeon know about this. Depending on what the actual outcome of the surgery is in regards to bone placement, a bone stimulator may be very helpful. Ask your doctor about one.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Feb 08, 2017
Pain in Walking
by: Ann

Hello everyone,
It has been nearly seven months since my fifth metatarsal break. I found out I additionally have a Morton's neuroma which is causing a lot of pain in the ball of my foot.

I was just released from my CAM walker and I am starting to walk in shoes. I have pain every step I take. It is very difficult for me to distinguish between the neuroma pain and normal muscle/ligament pain from not walking correctly for seven months. I am truly at a loss as to what I should be doing to be able to walk normally again. Does anyone have any suggestions?

You might want to consider physical therapy in an effort to alleviate all the "stiffness" from being in the CAM walker for so long. If that alleviates the pain then you know the pain is the result of inactivity.

Plan B would be to have a cortisone injection for the neuroma. If that gives you any relief, perhaps not permanent, at least you would know it is the neuroma causing your pain and you could have further treatment for the neuroma.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Dec 17, 2016
Avulsion fracture 5th metatarsal
by: Carolyn

I rolled my ankle on 10/18/16 and have an avulsion fracture of 5th metatarsal. Dr. said piece that broke off too small to operate so I was put in air cast and NWB for 8 weeks. At that point was told fracture 85% healed and I could go ahead and walk in boot without crutches. At first walked without pain but by 3rd hour in much pain to point could not put any weight on fractured foot. Pain is at fracture site and I'm fearful I've done severe damage. Went back to crutches and knee scooter which is life saver. Been icing foot several times a day since this episode. Foot has no swelling or bruising. I called dr and he said go back to NWB for another week. I don't see dr. for another 3 weeks. Is this pain normal part of healing?
For what it is worth, I would stay nonweightbearing until you see your doctor again. Perhaps you can move the visit up a bit.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Dec 04, 2016
physical therapy helps
by: Anonymous

Usually doctors say let the pain be your guide & X-Ray shows fractured bone is heeled but doesn't show tissues around it that had been exposed to injury . Please seek out immediate physical therapy to learn walking normal & have balance & I wish I had instead of months after when pain on hip forced me to do. I had my 5th metatarsal fractured almost 18 months ago & was in walking cast for 8 weeks, hard sole shoe & hiking boots after for months as I thought eventually I'll be walking normal again not knowing months of taking a step & dragging other side of the body along with had already taken its toll on knee & hip area. I went to 6 months of intensive physical therapy & rest till finally pain is gone but still can't run or any physical excersices even badic yoga holding positions & no balance in heels & 2 winters after still can not ski...
but everyone recover differently & hope yours go well

Oct 23, 2016
5th metatarsal fractures early weight bearing in walking cast
by: Darcy

Hi Christina I have two fractures in the same 5th metatarsal an avulsion and a base fracture (Jones?) non displaced I think! The fracture clinic gave me a fibreglass walking cast and said I can bear weight with crutches but not too much. I was very surprised too and am afraid it is going to delay healing. However I do not think I could have coped with nwb as I do not have much upper body strength. I will be seen again at 6 weeks post injury and am not yet at week three so have a long wait before I can ask any more questions.
I am experiencing minimal pain on walking with VERY little weight bearing and would very much like to her how you are progressing.
Keep smiling ...

Oct 22, 2016
Pain in Recovery
by: Ann

Two weeks later, how is the pain in the ball of your foot? Is it getting better? What are you doing for it.

I have been walking with just the cam walker, no crutches, but I have to put my weight on my heel. I am still having the release pain. It is still bad.

I just want this to be over. Any suggestions or exercises, anyone? Could something else be wrong?

Oct 18, 2016
5th metatarsal break
by: sharon

Do you know what type of break you have Christina? I broke my 5th metatarsal bone on July 8th and was told by emerg dr to wear a stiff soled shoe. When I told her I was in too much pain to walk on the foot, she contacted orthopedic surgeon who said absolutely no walking on it! Ended up in boot cast for 10 weeks (6 non weight bearing) I am not a dr, but from all my research, putting weight on it now is going to set you back in your recovery time. Elevate when swollen and if swelling is bad, see a dr. Could be the cast is too tight. That seems to happen quite a bit. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Oct 09, 2016
Walking after a few days on cast
by: Christina

Hi. I broke my 5 th metatarsal a few days ago. Dr put a fiberglass cast around my foot and told me to start walking on it that day. He said to come back in 2 weeks for xrays follow up. I really feel like it's too soon to put weight on it and walk. Plus it still hurts a lot. It's throbbing and my toes start swelling when I try to stand or don't elevate the foot. Anyone else given the on to start walking on a cast just a few days after injury. It hasn't even been a week yet. I'm scared of doing more damage and ending up needing surgery.

Oct 08, 2016
pain in recovery
by: G


Yes! Our situations are nearly identical. I fractured my 5th metatarsal from a hard ankle roll on July 2nd (now October 8) and it still hurts.

I can walk fine on the heel, but cannot stand on my toes at all. Tremendous pain if I put weight on the ball of my foot and try to raise up. I would collapse and fall if I tried to actually stand on my toes.

Oct 03, 2016
Pain after releasing pressure from the ball of my foot
by: Ann

I broke my 5th metatarsal on July 19 (Jones fracture). I waited to see my dr until July 28, he casted my foot for two weeks, after which I wore a cam walker for an additional 6 weeks, until Sept 22. I have been non-weight bearing for all this time. On Sept 22 I was given the ok to slowly add weight. My heel is handling the weight just fine, the problem is with the ball of my foot. Putting pressure on the ball of my foot causes minor pain, but releasing or raising the ball of my foot causes excruciating pain to that area. Is anyone else having this problem? Does anyone know what is going on with my foot?

Sep 12, 2016
5th metatarsal fracture
by: Chase

Hi I fractured my 5th metatarsal almost 20 weeks ago, went to Doctor he didn't give me any cast or boot just said stay off it as much as possible but I can walk. After week 14 I got cleared to continue with sports and working out. The pain was near gone but the last couple weeks it's been a lot of pain directly where the fracture was to where I limp when I walk and is making activities a lot harder. What do you recommend I can do? I'm 19 years old, male and my weight is 170. Thanks

One possibility is that you re-fractured the metatarsal. You should consider having another x-ray.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 21, 2016
Too soon?
by: Mich

Shar leen, I kept my boot an extra week, I couldn't handle walking in a gym shoe. Either that or I was scared.

Now going into my 8th week and I have little pain, mostly the bottom of my foot hurts. I have a doctor visits in like 2 weeks, we'll see how he thinks my foot is doing.

Aug 20, 2016
Comminuted fracture of base of 5th metatarsal
by: Kathy

I am just entering week 8 of healing, still in air cast, crutches, and was given the ok to minimal weight bearing on heel only and continue using crutches. I'm very frustrated because the swelling over the fracture is still there and seems hard? Also, since minimal weight bearing on heel Ive had twinges of pain up top of my foot to lower leg. Xray at 5 weeks showed good healing.. I want this to heal! Im just scared to progress in weight bearing not knowing if any of this is normal?!

Aug 17, 2016
by: Baily

I had a 5th metatarsal fracture at the base an (avulsion) I was nwb for 3 weeks, then 2 weeks pwb then onto full wb with boot at week 5. I am at the end of week 10 no pain and in sneakers. I am walking with a little limp will this go away in time thank you in advance .Oh I walk 3 miles a day 1 in morning 2 at night .
If your doctor gave you the "all clear" to start exercising again, then he or she felt the fracture was sufficiently closed.
This would signal to me that the limp should subside.
My best advice would be to check in with your doctor and let them know you still have a limp and whether or not anything else need be done.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Aug 06, 2016
Too soon?
by: Sharleen

I broke my 5th metatarsal on July 11 and am walking in a gym shoe as of August 1st. My Dr said to bare weight as tolerated. I thought it was too soon also as everything I have read has people in an air cast for up to 6 weeks. I was only given a surgical shoe My opposite knee is very irritated and I walk with quite a limp. Waiting to go back to Dr on 10th to make sure it is healing. The shoes I wear are very stiff soles. I have been wearing a new balance shoe bc it most resembled the surgical shoe as far as flat stiff sole

Jul 25, 2016
Too soon?
by: Mich

Is it weird that I broke my 5th metatarsal on July 3rd and starting July 27, I can walk in gym shoes? I feel like it's too soon.

Sep 25, 2015
5th metatarsal fracture
by: Anonymous

I was 2 weeks in a moon boot and four weeks in a cast which came off Tuesday. It is very painful when my foot goes to the floor. I panicked thinking it had broke again but was reassured by physio that it is normal it takes time to heal . I am now semi weight bearing being encouraged not to use my crutches by putting my weight on them to try to walk naturally. Hard to do when u r in pain it doesn't seem natural and I am scared I am doing more damage . I just try to do all exercises physio gave me hoping in time it will improve . I am going to also incorporate some Amatsu treatment and continue to take homeopathic knit bone remedy and bone support tablets along with vit D . Feel frustrated !

When was your last x-ray, did it occur when the cast was removed? If not, then you need to have another x-ray. Depending on a number of factors including your age, the location of the fracture on the fifth metatarsal, whether or not you smoke and others, six weeks may not be long enough for the bone to heal. The fact that you are still having so much pain after six weeks, tells me that clinically, the fracture has not healed.

Marc Mitnick DPM

Jun 26, 2015
ouch when walking
by: SofeEla

i fractured my 5th metatarsal in 2 places, so one bone, and two fractures, about 3 weeks ago, I have been given an air boot, to wear! I am finding when walking upstairs that all of my weight is in my left leg, which feels weird. So it's like i take one step with my right foot and then the other and the whole of left leg seems to take all of my weight and left leg feels heavy

May 24, 2015
5th metartarsal avulsion fracture at the base
by: Emma

I fractured my 5th metartarsal after missing a step and twisting my foot what they call a dancers fracture. I was put in a backslab cast for a week and then got it changed to an air cast boot as I have a 3 month old baby and was easier for balance. I was non weight bearing for 6 weeks and weight bearing with crutches in the 7th week and now been told to walk coming in the 8th week in boot but after ten minutes or so I get an ache and becomes very sore. I'm not sure if this is normal so I'm back to using my crutches. I go back to my pt in 4 days and he seems to think I can ditch the boot then but I'm not sure I'll be good enough for that. This injury is so frustrating and can't wait for the day to be out of this nightmare.

Nov 25, 2014
Painful at 8 weeks
by: Anonymous

I broke my 5th metatarsal 8 weeks ago today. I am so tired of this pain that started about a week ago. I was taken off the boot at 6 weeks and then I went to the gym to try to get back into a work out routine and it seems the more I do the more it hurts. I am shaky with my balance and my foot still gets swollen. When I try to have a normal gait and pronate fully, my 2-4th toes hurt. I didn't need my pain pills before but now I take one every day. I decided to go back to my boot to take some of the pain away and it helps a little. Am I overdoing it? I plan to see the orthopedic doc tomorrow and will ask for an MRI. Is this normal? My husband is afraid I'm going to get hooked on the pain pills! It helps to know others are having similar problems. I'm over 50 but have always been physically active.

Oct 11, 2013
5th metatarsel break
by: Anonymous

I broke my 5th Metatarsal 5 weeks ago. I was in a cast non weight bearing for 4 weeks. When I returned to see the consultant end of week 4 he removed the cast and told me to carry on as normal no physio no special boot or shoe! Very shocked but pleased. I'm still limping after a week so have researched excersises to help. Think the best one is standing on one leg (the broken one) lowering your body and then raising. When that's been mastered try doing it standing on a cushion I've also tried limping on the other side which helps temporarily!

Sep 27, 2013
After 15 weeks I still hurt
by: Sandi

I broke my heel bone and my 5th metatarsal bone in my foot. My orthopedic Dr has been great. When I went to him on 9-25 and said I still had pain he ordered an MRI because he said I should have NO pain and be walking without aid. I had the MRI on 9-26 and he called today and told me that it showed I still had a fracture. Does anyone know the next step that might happen? I am desperate. I don't see him until 10/1.

Jul 21, 2013
Fractured fifth metatarsul and limping
by: Anonymous

I fractured my fifth metatarsul on March 22, 2013. I am 50 years old. I was in a cam walking boot for six weeks. I have been in physical therapy since it came off on May 4th. I cannot shake this limp and foot feels so stiff. Doctor says I have to work on my range of motion. Strength is back in my foot which is good. I am just tired of family and friends commenting on how I still limp. Doctor told me it will take awhile to walk normally. I tried going to the beach today and cannot walk on the sand yet either...just frustrated!

Give it a little more time, but if you are still having issues you may want to have an MRI or a bone scan to make sure the break is completely healed. Sometimes this will not show up on a standard x-ray.
Marc Mitnick DPM

Jul 17, 2013
Limp and stiffness after healing
by: Jojo

I fractured the 5th metatarsal 8 weeks ago and although it doesn't hurt to walk in a regular shoe I have a limp and can't seem to walk normally no matter how slowly I walk and try to roll my foot normally. I'm told it is healing well. . I'm hoping I can do some rehab to correct this.

Jul 09, 2011
Limping 7 wks after 5th metetarsal fracture
by: Anonymous

It has been 7 wks since 5th metetarsal fracture, spiral, mid shaft. I was wearing the cam boot for 6 wks. I can't bend the ball of my foot (stiff) won't bend, have swelling still in foot, fracture site, toes, and ankle. I am over 50 in good health, slim build. There is still constant discomfort and heel feels bruised. When I seen my DPM a week ago he told me to go ahead and walk normal and that full healing takes 4 months. I try to walk normal and can't, is this normal?

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This is the best site for foot problem info.

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Again, I really appreciate that you responded to my inquiry, and that your mention of Parkinson's helped me to find my way to a diagnosis of this difficult to diagnose disease. Most patients see on average 16 doctors before they are diagnosed. I hope that you can help other people that ask for your expertise in the future.

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