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Recovery after broken foot 8 weeks out

Grits2011-12-26 00:25:00 +0000 #1
I am 8 weeks out from fracturing my 1st, 2nd and 3rd metatarsals in a biking accident. I was non-weight bearing and in a boot for about 4 weeks and continued at least part time in a boot for another two and doing some range of motion exercises.

Last appointment two weeks ago, I was given some PT exercises to do on my own with and without a band and basically told to do what I was able to do. If my foot hurt a lot the next day, then I would know I did too much. I really prefer things to be much more specific than that!

The band exercises are no problem. I can put as much pressure as I am able to with the band, and there is no pain. The non-band exercise of standing up on the toes of the injured foot, however, is a different story. The PT told me that if it was too painful at first that I could stand on the toes of both feet, and that is what I am doing and trying to decrease the weight put on the non-injured foot. If I try with the injured foot only, I can barely get up any at all. I am also still walking with a slight limp most of the time, although I am consciously trying to walk normally.

I guess I'm wondering if I am pushing myself hard enough. Should I make myself stand up on the injured foot regardless of how much it hurts, or is it ok at 8 weeks out to not be able to do this? There is always that fear that I could re-injure it, but the orthopedist and pt did not warn me about that danger. Any wisdom to share until I phone my doctor tomorrow?

Sky King2011-12-26 00:28:05 +0000 #2
Holy smokes, that sure sounds aggressive PT for the injury. I have a Jones Fracture and am going into my sixth (hopefully final) week in the boot, Attempting to stand on my toes gives me chills but maybe in two weeks I will feel differently.

I would say take it slow and steady so you don't end up with a set back.

Keep us posted (especially me

Grits2011-12-26 01:14:57 +0000 #3
Thanks Sky King! From all my on-line reading, it seems that a Jones Fracture is more complex and takes longer to heal than what I have, but it still makes me feel better to hear someone say I am not being a slacker!



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