How long does a fractured 4th metatarsal take to heal?

How long does a fractured 4th metatarsal take to heal?

How long does a fractured 4th metatarsal take to heal?

It typically takes 6-8 weeks for the bone to heal and get strong enough for the patient to resume full weight bearing in a normal shoe. It is often 4-6 months before a full recovery is obtained (return to unrestricted activities such as jumping and sprinting).

Can you walk on a broken foot after 4 weeks?

You can walk on your injured foot as much as your pain allows. You should gradually stop using the supportive shoe over three to five weeks, as your pain settles. Most base of 5th metatarsal injuries heal without any problems. However, it may take several months for your symptoms to settle completely.

How is a 4th metatarsal fracture treated?

Nondisplaced fractures of the metatarsal shaft usually require only a soft dressing followed by a firm, supportive shoe and progressive weight bearing. Stress fractures of the first to fourth metatarsal shafts typically heal well with rest alone and usually do not require immobilization.

Can you put weight on a broken metatarsal?

If your bones are still aligned (meaning that the broken ends meet), you will probably wear a cast or splint for 6 to 8 weeks. You may be told not to put weight on your foot. You will need crutches or other support to help you get around.

How long does a broken metatarsal hurt?

A metatarsal fracture may take from 6 weeks to several months to heal. It is important to give your foot time to heal completely, so that you do not hurt it again. Do not return to your usual activities until your doctor says you can.

When can I put weight on a broken metatarsal?

How do I know if my stress fracture is healing?

Once your pain has subsided, your doctor may confirm that the stress fracture has healed by taking x-rays. A computed tomography (CT) scan can also be useful in determining healing, especially in bones where the fracture line was initially hard to see.