I broke / fractured 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Metatarsals!
On May 23rd, 2009, I was playing on a swing set with my nephews. At the highest point, I jumped off the front. (Trying to show them how a real man does it). I landed poorly and fractured the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsals in my right foot. (see above photo)
Eleven days later (June 3rd), I had surgery to hold the broken bones in place… A plate with screws on the 1st metatarsal, and pins through the centers of the 2nd and 3rd. The 4th left to heal on its own. I am in a hard cast now, and pretty much confined to my recliner.
I was told that I should be “partial” weight bearing after 6 to 8 weeks, but most of what I read indicates that it could take many months. We shall see.
I’ve read many blogs from those who have broken the fifth (5th) metatarsal, and healing times seem to vary greatly. Two of my fractures were displaced, so my impression is that the healing process could be long and drawn out. This blog is my attempt to chronologize my progress and to share with others suffering similar injuries.
If you have broken your first, second, third, fourth, fifth or ALL of your metatarsals, then I would love you hear of your progress and final outcome. Share your experience!!
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June 9: Six days after surgery…
Dave here (footsahurtin). So glad that my little blog here has grown so long and has seemingly helped so many people.
The reason I started it in the first place was because I too began Googling as much as I could to get info and other folk’s experiences, and there was not a lot out there on a “personal” basis. All of your posts seem to have hit home with so many people and have provided much needed help and comfort. It’s always good to know that at any given time, one is not alone in their particular suffering, and that others are going through the very same thing at the very same time.As an update, I do OK these days with shoe inserts, but walking barefoot, and during the first hour or so in the morning after getting out of bed, I still feel a fair amount of pain. Throughout the day it gets better. A bit of arthritis I think. I’ve learned to live with it.Thanks again for all of your comments and contributions. I will keep this blog going for as long as folks keep posting… and then some!!!
NOTE: This blog has grown tremendously since my first post. I am trying to find a good way to break up the posts into pages. Meanwhile, you will find at the bottom of the page a selection for “OLDER” and “NEWER” posts.
The blog begins with the oldest posts.