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How long does a broken finger take to heal?

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My wife aged about 46 fell down and her right leg little finger(below part got fractured.)It is under plaster now .Can you pleae tell me after how many weeks that plaster will be removed ?
Posted Sat, 8 Dec 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Ram Choudhary 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
The fracture of base of the 5th metatarsal is called Jone's fracture. If displaced it needs intramedullary screw fixation and cast or cast alone if undisplaced.
The cast needs to be kept in place for at least 6weeks.
Xrays are done prior to removal to check for a proper union of the fracture.
She should do active toes movements which increases the circulation and improves healing.
I hope this answers your query.
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