ruptured ligament between 4th and 5th metatarsal

The first week of May, I kicked the corner of my bed with my left pinky toe. Since then, I have had foot pain on that side of the foot off and on and had trouble walking a couple of times. This week, I went to an orthopedic surgeon and he took an x-ray and thinks I ruptured the ligament between the 4th and 5th metatarsal. On the x-ray, it looks like a tailor’s bunion, but he said that if I did nothing it would continue to spread/splay. Is that true? The doctor wrapped it with a non-stretchy tape and it is really burning, whereas it usually doesn’t hurt unless I’ve been on it a lot. How much can it continue to spread if I keep it wrapped loosely? I mean, I have done nothing for it for three months now, and it was hurting less often, especially when I wore good sneakers. Thanks for anything you can say on this topic. According to the orthopedic surgeon I saw, this is a very unusual injury, so I can’t find anything about it online.

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Without examining your foot I cannot say for sure however I am not suspecting a torn inter-metatarsal ligament. If you have a tailor’s bunion or splaying of the 4th/5th metatarsal this does not necessarily indicate a torn ligament and a bandage in which you describe.

    Was the orthopedist you saw a foot and ankle specialist? I would recommend seeing a Podiatrist to get a second opinion as many foot injuries are overlooked. In addition if you feel that the bandage causes more pain then I would stop using the bandage.

    I hope this helps.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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