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Had displaced distal spiral fracture. Put back slab plaster, below knee plaster, now on airboot. How long should I wear the airboot?

Hi, I fractured my 5th metatarsal on 12th Dec, it was a displaced distal spiral fracture! Wasmput in a back slab plaster for a week, then below knee plaster for 2 weeks and now been in an air boot for nearly 3 weeks!! I am able to weightbare and walk on foot without it being painful, was just wondering how much longer would need to wear air boot for, it s been 5 weeks now since the accident. Thanks, Lisa
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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The 5th metatarsal bear weight when u walk. So it needs to be protected till it heals.

Normally it takes 6 weeks to 3 months for the fracture to heal depending upon the site, ur age, and any other associated medical problems that u may be having.

If on full wt bearing in the boot, u r not having any pain; then u can discontinue it after another 2 weeks. But do use a crepe bandage to prevent swelling.

Even then it is advisable to see ur doctor, who has seen ur x rays and know the personality of ur fracture; he will be able to advise u perfectly.

Answered: Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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