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Persistent swelling with shooting pains in the foot after breaking metatarsal. Had healed with a hard and soft cast. Is it normal to have discomfort after years of healing?

i broke my 5th metatarsal in 2 different places on my left foot over 5 years ago and my foot has never been the same. it still swells and i still feel shooting pains in my foot when it is swollen. i did not have any surgery done i just had a hard and soft cast put on it. Is this normal for me to still have discomfort after all these years? or should i get it looked at?
Mon, 2 Jul 2012
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Hello.Thanks for the question.There can be lot of issues with such old fractures which can cause symptoms even after years.Un-united fracture,mal-union,remodeling deformity, alignment deformity,infection,pseudoarthrosis,entrapment of tendon or nerves etc can cause symptoms.I would suggest you to see doctor and get a xray done for this.Hope that answers your question.Regards.
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