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Old 7th April 2011, 04:55 PM
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Greetings all:

I fractured my left 5th metatarsal on Sept. 9 2010 playing soccer. Xrays at an emergency clinic and later that day a podiatrist confirmed the fracture. I was fitted for an air boot and crutches the very same day. I shed the crutches about 5 weeks later, and finally the boot after approximately 7 weeks. My physical therapy began at that point and last for another 6 weeks. I was eventually deemed healed enough to return to soccer. I played indoor soccer that very night and had an extreme downward and sideward inversion (extreme roll of the left foot to the left) of the left foot and heard a loud pop. I was sure it was broken again. The next day xrays confirmed it was NOT broken. I had only ripped up some scar tissue. Back to PT for 3-4 weeks and eventually I became able to play again. I returned to soccer and played at my normal speed for about 4-6 weeks before hearing the same type of pops in my left foot again this past Saturday. I figured it was more of the same scar tissue. However, this time my foot was flexed upward and spread the 5th, 4th, and 3rd metatarsal. This happened by stepping on a small hole in the field. My heel went lower than the metatarsals and resulted in the spreading of my metatarsals. I heard a few small pops. Fortunately, I was able to walk away from this with a small limp. Today is 5 days from that event, and I can walk no issue, but still experience a bit of soreness. Exercise is not a problem as long as the foot is flat on the surface of the machine. No running.

Am I dealing with leftover scar tissue here? Will this continue? Should I seek methods of reducing this scar tissue from here on?

Thanks very much.
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Old 8th April 2011, 02:15 PM
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I'll even take opinions at this point
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Old 1st May 2011, 01:58 PM
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Unfortunatly i cant help, but can offer sympathy as i have had a similar issue playing lacrosse.... 1st break 7months prior to the sencond "pop"... my Xrays also confirmed that i had not broken my foot. I was unsure about this so in spoke to a doctor online (as my surgery was shut) and he said that sometimes an xray isn't always able to see a re-fracture becauseof the scar tissue left on the bone, he suggested i go to my local doctor and push for an MRI if the pain continues... So im gonna head to th docs friday and see where we get... i would also be interested like your self in ANY other opininons as podiatry costs in my area are HIGH!!!
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Old 1st May 2011, 05:31 PM
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thanks for the reply. Some time has gone by and there are a few developments. Basically, I went and got another doc's
opinion and xrays. The foot is refractured (non-union) and we discussed moving forward with surgery. I then got a bone scan and
that showed what type of surgery the doc needed to do (to use a bone graft or not). I will get surgery this coming
friday and will have a screw inserted. This procedure will ensure the most complete recovery possible. My downtime
will be 6-8 weeks, but I may be able to walk off crutches in 2-3 weeks. In any case, this will fix my issue completely
and give me utmost confidence on the foot when i return to playing.
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Old 1st July 2011, 02:21 PM
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i had my surgery on May 6th and today is July 1st. It's been 8 weeks since I had the screw inserted. I had pain for only about 1.5 days after the surgery. Crutches were needed for the first 4-5 weeks in addition to a cast. My doc cut a 3X3 inch window in my cast over the fracture site. This was to accomodate the Exogen 4000+ machine. If you havent used one of these, I recommend it. Insurance should cover it if you have a nagging fracture/non-union. About 3 weeks ago the doc cut the cast off and took me off crutches. I now have a boot called an "aircast" which is nice bc you can take it off at night. Sleeping with a cast was brutal. So I'm 8 weeks to the date in, and for the past few weeks I've been riding the stationary bike and walking in waist deep water in a pool. I've been using the exogen machine for about 6 weeks as well. I still have the aircast on and will wear it until i see the doc a week and a half from now.

Making progress!!
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