metatarsal fracture

8 years ago, I have metatrasal fractures in both feet. Since 11/2013, I have had a fracture of the 3rd metatarsal of my right foot. I wore the boot from 11/5/2013 – 12/3/2013. The doc took an xray and said it healed. I was out of the boot for 2 weeks. Had pain and called the doc. He sent me for an mri. I have been back in the boot since 12/18/2013. I believe that I was taken out of the boot prematurely. Doc wants me to have a bone stimulator. However, someone in the doc’s office forgot to find out if my insurance will pay for it. They finally called on 12/30/2013. Still waiting for an answer. In the meantime, I am still in the boot on /1/2/2014.

I have never heard of a bone stimulator before and I have done research. Some say it works and some say it doesn’t.

I believe that I was taken out of the boot too soon and am very angry about it. I feel that I can’t trust the doctor. If I go to another, I don’t know if that doc will be any better. In addition, even though I can’t trust this doctor, he has all the xrays and mri results. I would probably have to start all over with that at another doc. Also because this doctor’s office forgot about the bone stimulator, I have lost trust in this doctor and staff.

At this point in time I just want to know how much longer I have to wear this boot. I have encountered many rude and inconsiderate people since I have started wearing it. It takes me twice as long to get anywhere. This is especially true getting back and forth to work.

I asked the doc what to do or not do so that I can prevent this from happening again and he made a joke. Joking around is fine but he did not answer my question. I really do not want this to happen again.

I have high arches and wore orthotics. I don’t wear them now because of the boot. Besides the fracture I have now and the fractures I have had, I have plantar fascitis, heel spurs, hammer toes, bunions and the fat pad near my toes is missing or has relocated or is very thin. No shoes feel comfortable.

Any info you can give me so that I can prevent this from happening again will be greatly appreciated.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for the question. Sorry to hear about your experience, having lack of communication with a Doctor can be very frustrating. It takes any fracture 6 – 8 weeks to heal – sometimes a little sooner if it is a stress fracture and sometimes a little longer if the patient is a smoker or has diabetes.

    Based on your explanation, you are around 8 weeks, but had a 2 week break which sets you back a couple weeks in recovery. I would still give it a couple weeks before seeking outside options.

    A bone stimulator is a great device that I actually use in most of my fracture patients. Depending on the type of bone stimulator it may have to be worn up to 8 hours for best results – so make sure you follow the recommendations as prescribed. As far as the boot – if you are in a camwalker, you may be able to downgrade to a surgical shoe. I would discuss these options with your Doctor.

    To prevent future fractures, I always recommend patients get a bone density scan (depending on their age), alter their gait, maintain proper foot and hip flexibility and take bone health supplements. Fracture prevention can also be discussed with your Primary Doctor, if you feel you cannot discuss this with your Podiatrist. I wish you a speedy recovery!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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