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Broken Foot
rsdspain posted:
I broke my 5th metatarsal on Friday (day after Thanksgiving). My legs went to sleep and I didn't realize it. Went to stand up and bam! My first break, too! My problem is my left/leg foot is already messed up from a botched bunion surgery (have RSD as a result). JUST has a Peripheral Nerve Stimulator removed from my Left thigh (battery from front and electrodes from back/sciatic nerve) so I'm not quite healed yet)... SO I guess the way I was sitting put my legs to sleep??!! ANYWAY my PCP put me in just a surgical shoe. I don't think in my case this is such a great idea. How is the bone supposed to heal if it's not really immobilized? I need that foot to help me balance (my left foot is pretty butchered from all the surgeries I've had). I see my Pain Dr. on Monday so I'm hoping she'll prescribe an actual cast or something a little more sturdy! Heck I can take it off to shower, how safe is that?!
bonebabe responded:
I believe an orthopedic boot is the standard treatment for this. I had the same thing and was in a boot for 8 weeks. Took it off to sleep, shower, etc. I felt that the boot gave me plenty of support, but I didn't have the other problems you do.

Ask the doctor about it when you go if you're not sold on the idea of the boot. I don't know the reason a cast isn't used except that it may just be inconvenient for most people's lifestyles and/or might be overkill for the injury.
stellagonzalez responded:
Oh that's been really sad to hear, since your post is 2 month old, so how are you feeling now, how's your leg?
abbymccluremyf responded:
I'm sorry about what happened to your foot,.. I hope you can an appropriate treatment or therapy to get back your foot. Good luck!

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