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What Does This X-ray Report For Severe Pain In Right Foot Indicate?

Hi,Two years ago I had increasing pain in my right foot. After several months, I finally saw a doctor and was told I had a fourth metatarsal bone legion and needed to be removed with bone grafting. I couldn t affordable that doc, so I went to see another doc. I had asked him about bone grafting, but he said he would just cut out the bone. I trusted him, but after a short time and lots of pain, I realized not only was it the wrong decision, but it wasn t done right. I definitely felt butchered. I went back to the original doc for a consult and he said it wasn t done right and needed an external fixator. I found a doc that takes my insurance and had my first exfix. At the end of the 5th month, it was removed and was reminded I needed 2 separate exfix s because the there were 2 separate sections. In Dec 2014, I had my second one and have had one complication after the other. First, he put the wrong side exfix and it collapsed 8 weeks into it. Second, had to have an additional op to move the pins so the exfix would work. Then, he applied 2 pins too deeply and were coming out through the bottom of my foot. I had to go back in 2 times to have the pins backed out enough to solve the problem and ease the pain. This doc says I need the bone grafting after all as now I have about 2 inches of space to fill as well as replace the metatarsal head. I ve been having severe pain the past week that is increasing. It looks like a pin infection and leaning pins. Had new x-rays yesterday and the back of the bone closest to my ankle has started floating sideways towards my 5th metatarsal. I am waiting for my final op, but don t think I can trust this doc any longer. I m in severe pain that feels like post op pain. Is this floating bone causing pain and should I run from this doctor?
Thu, 24 Nov 2022
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Hello,

Floating bone on X-ray is talus and you don't need to worry as its not floating in reality. If you don't have confidence in a doctor, you can always go for another one. You can go for a second opinion with another orthopedic surgeon. Pain may be due to the underlying condition or due to surgeries. Floating bone doesn't cause any pain unless it is fractured and dislocated.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Pallavi M., Anesthesiologist
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What Does This X-ray Report For Severe Pain In Right Foot Indicate?

Hello, Floating bone on X-ray is talus and you don t need to worry as its not floating in reality. If you don t have confidence in a doctor, you can always go for another one. You can go for a second opinion with another orthopedic surgeon. Pain may be due to the underlying condition or due to surgeries. Floating bone doesn t cause any pain unless it is fractured and dislocated. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Pallavi M., Anesthesiologist