Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestions?

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Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestions?

Postby Westcoster87 » Tue May 27, 2014 3:44 pm

Hiya!

I'm looking for some ideas/support in addressing quite a painful fifth metatarsal fracture caused by coming down very hard on a rock while trail running yesterday morning.

The doc basically said it will take time (8-12 weeks) but was skeptical that treatments really worked, but there are many things I could do to cause more damage.

So my predicament is that I have very rigid, high arches and I find swimming irritates my feet whether injured or not. What, other than biking, would be a suitable low-impact alternative to running?

Any thoughts or experiences would be great.

Many thanks!

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Re: Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestio

Postby Avis » Tue May 27, 2014 4:47 pm

Welcome to Running Mania! I've heard water-jogging is a good, non-load-bearing running alternative. I haven't tried it though. Best wishes for a quick recovery!
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Re: Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestio

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Tue May 27, 2014 8:31 pm

If you truly have a fracture, it needs to heal. Take your 8 weeks and let it mend.
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Re: Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestio

Postby Jwolf » Tue May 27, 2014 8:51 pm

Do you have a boot for the foot?

You really should heed what the sports doc says- once the bone heals you can start back very gradually.
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Re: Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestio

Postby Westcoster87 » Tue May 27, 2014 9:53 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome :-)

I'm positive the docs assessment is right. This hurts more than tearing my interosseous membrane and it just seems to be getting worse (and I promise I stayed off it today!). I've heard good things about the water-jogging. The doc had mentioned swimming or cycling but if either cause additional pain, stop. I don't have a boot but he did suggest fashioning a gate plate out of thin plywood to take some pressure off the foot when walking.

It's difficult wrapping my head around 8-12 weeks off :-(

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Re: Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestio

Postby Jwolf » Tue May 27, 2014 10:37 pm

It is tough for sure but most of us have been there in one way or another. If it's any consolation, a stress fracture usually has a very predictable recovery time-line. When you have soft tissue injury it can plague you for a long time.

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April 22: Vancouver Sun Run 10K Done!
May 6: BMO Half-Marathon - switch to 8K Done!
May 20: Red Deer Half-Marathon -switch to 10K Done!
June 10: MEC Race #4 (Garry Point Park) 10K Done!
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Re: Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestio

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Wed May 28, 2014 7:30 am

You can order a boot online for way cheaper than... oh wait, I'm in US.
Or, try wearing stiff hiking boots.
But, after it heals, you'll be able to get back at it.
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Re: Metatarsal Fracture- treatment/pain management suggestio

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Fri May 30, 2014 7:04 am

This guy is a great trail runner, but has had meta. fracture 3 times. Search his blog to read about his recoveries. 2011 is the most details of surgery and such.
http://garyrobbins.blogspot.com/2014/05 ... jured.html
http://garyrobbins.blogspot.com/2011/06 ... ilure.html
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