Broken 5th Metatarsal Can't Wear Shoe After Surgery

Feb 26, 2016

Last Aug, I fell in a small hole, and snapped a rather large piece off the fifth metatarsal. I went to an ankle/foot surgeon who was leaving for a corporate job rather than private practice. He never showed us the x-ray. Put me in a boot, wrapped the elastic wrap, over my sock, and put my foot in a shoe thing. Before I left, I did ask for copies of the x-rays which I got. I was really surprised at the gap. A good 1/8".

Well, that shoe didn't work, so my husband ordered an air cast. That sort of helped. I would say I didn't sleep for 6 weeks. At the 6 week mark, still in pain, I went to a different ankle/foot surgeon, who, we think because we were going to pay cash, that MAYBE he didn't want to touch my foot for fear of non payment? Or he was an idiot. The x-rays looked exactly the same, big old piece still broken off. We asked about it. He said there was nothing to be done and basically suck it up and start wearing a shoe. We, husband and I, were like, "okay he's the doctor." However, I could not get into a shoe without quite a bit of pain and walking wasn't happening.

At the 12 week mark, I was on the phone to my sister, crying.. and I'm pretty tough. She reminded me I had a podiatrist I liked. I went to see him and had reduction surgery and a 2" PIN put in that bone!! My surgery was Dec 8, 2015 (so 11 weeks ago?)

The bone itself is healing fine. I can feel the pin though. I still have pain, not as bad though. But my foot is still very swollen I would say my foot is a constant annoyance though. I cannot fit into a pair of shoes. I've tried wide shoes, they cramp my toes.. and I've gotten 2 ingrown toenails in the last 2 weeks trying. Those are very painful! I put a pair of slippers on and could feel it cramming my toes, and next day.. my toe was red and swollen again from being cramped.

I don't know what to do. My foots feels pretty good when it is wrapped and in the air cast. The broken one is also about 1/2"- 1" wider than the other right now, than my good foot. I still have no ankle.. very swollen.

Any suggestions?? Is this pretty normal? I really don't want any more ingrown toenails from shoes though.

I can wear flip flops but boy does my foot feel irritated after about an hour. I go back to see my doctor, whom I really like, next week.

When he presses on the broken part, it doesn't hurt. I can move it certain ways. But if he pushes up from the bottom.. that's bad. I can't stand on my tippy toes either. I feel like a mess.


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i went to CMA fest here in Nashville last week and didn't go very well. walking in shoes now got ruined after one day of walking with heel supports i got at walmart ended with holes through through the heel of it so i had to buy new shoes.

I have this limp since the surgery was on my right foot. I still can't "officially"do things i use to be able to do .. like run,get on my tippy toes to reach something w/o where my scar is from the achilles lengthening,etc.

is these things still normal in the healing process .. the limp i have,and the what i just mentioned?

i had hard times getting up off the floor cause i had to sit a lot waiting in lines,etc.

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Foot / Ankle :: PTTD Surgery - Transition To Shoe Concerns

I am now about 11 weeks post op ... in a CAM boot and using a walker and sometimes a cane at home or where ground is flat and smooth.

I have just started to go to outpatient PT and my dr. suggested I use an ankle brace in a shoe for extra support ... while I build up my muscle and make the transition out of the CAM walker into the shoe .

What type of Ankle brace has anyone out there used? There is a Malleoloc Brace my PT therapist likes; and I have an Air Cast PTTD one with an air bladder under the arch . I have custom arch supports from before surgery that are still ok to use also.What type of shoes are best? My Surgeon seems to prefer a shoe that laces up and is not too flexible. I have a pair of Ziera lace up shoes I wear with my arch supports...

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I expect swelling to go on for a while (in my experience 6-8 weeks) but I don't want it to stop me from exercising and being able to drive.  I am also about to start a new art course and no way I would give that up.

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I wondered...should I maybe go up 1/2 a size? Maybe her old shoe is too snug in the heel now, or there may still be some swelling? Should I got up 1/2 size AND go wider?

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UNLESS your surgery is ON your breasts / genitals / bum ...

you CAN wear underwear during surgery

i've had surgery on my groin (bikini line) and still wore undergarments!

ladies: NO metal, non wired, sports bra / crop top / bikini top  ugly knicks (they may get stained) No metal lads: ugliest pair of boxers (they may get stained).

crappy arguments to ignore:

"they need to stick ecg stickers on your chest for monitoring" - ok cool go on then. easily done with a bra on (i am proof)

"its easier to not have them in case of an emergency and we have to waste time cutting them off" - plz tell me what kind of emergency involves my genitals and breasts?

"they are professionals they are focusing on the task" - ok how does that involve my genitals and breasts?

"they operate on all different types, shapes, sizes of people everyday they've seen it all" - so? my body. i don't need or want them to see anything they don't need to that's my right.

"you'll be asleep you won't even know or care" - i'm not okay with them seeing these areas of my body even when i'm awake! why the heck should i be ok with it whilst i'm unconscious!

"your underwear will get stained/dirty especially if you need a catheter" - ok cool'll bin them. how long is my surgery? do i REALLY NEED a catheter? no. you do not have my permission to use one.

let me know if you've been given or found some more reasons against this. i wrote this because i am a big boobed (that means lying down in surgery with a flat chest because my boobs are besides my armpits), self conscious, overweight female suffering with anxiety whose anxiety levels went through the roof before my surgery as i was panicking about not being able to wear my underwear

the nurses told me i couldn't but i insisted. if you are someone who's too not happy with the idea of being comando under your gown whilst being unconscious with a bunch of people surrounding you. insist to. just wear them.

worst case scenario they "cut them off during an emergency" which they need to document. so it really will be an emergency or you can sue them.

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I couldn't find any info about this problem so decided to post myself. (The saver here is obscuring my writing so sorry if there are any errors). Has any one had any experience with this? Or any advice please?

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