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Dancer's Fracture (Avulsion fracture of the 5th metatarsal)

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Rolled my left foot taking a netball class at school (I'm normally a Biz/IT teacher) and sustained this injury (diagnosed 2 hours later at hospital - non-displaced avulsion fracture of left 5th metatarsal).

So now I'm at break plus 6.5 weeks, and they say it will be New Year before I can run again.

Wnat are other peopl'e recovery stories for this?

Had two weeks off work while in a cast, then the moon-boot & crutches and back to work (classroom teaching & lecturing).

Got back in the pool at 4 weeks (no kicking with crook foot) and a progressive increase in distance each session.

Ditched the crutches and got back on the windtrainer at 5 weeks (once again a progressive increase in time each session).

Just bought a pair of Brooks "Beast" shoes (the thick sole evens my leg lengths up with the moonboot) and they are really stiff and supportive throught he sole.

Off to see the foot-ortho in 10 days (ie break + 8 weeks) with a fresh xray.

Am optomistic of doing Noosa with the aide of my new super supportive Brooks shoes and just gently walking the whole run leg (getting up the beach concerns me though - might bring my crutch).

Background: I'm 54, with 36 years of OD triathloning, since injury I have added Caltrac plus C & D suppliments to my normal breakfast routine ("Just Right", juice and Glucosamine).

I hear (compulsive reader of academic papers) that this is the "best version" of this injury (compared to the dreaded "Jones fracture" etc) but can still only expect 75% recover at 10 weeks and full recovery taking up to two years (ie ceasation of pain and minimal evidence left on the xray).

Thoughts???

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Approx 6 wks for healing and 12 weeks for full bony strength. Often the delay in return to run is from calf strength moreso that bony issues

I would think 12 weeks is on the higher side if you’re fit and your calf hasn’t atrophied too much. Would normally treat based on clinical signs > imaging (but consider both)

Ps yes you don’t want a “Jones fracture” (or “Jones type stress fracture”). Very slow 

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9 minutes ago, Aidan said:

Approx 6 wks for healing and 12 weeks for full bony strength. Often the delay in return to run is from calf strength moreso that bony issues

I would think 12 weeks is on the higher side if you’re fit and your calf hasn’t atrophied too much. Would normally treat based on clinical signs > imaging (but consider both)

Ps yes you don’t want a “Jones fracture” (or “Jones type stress fracture”). Very slow 

Thx. Am seeing a sports/foot/ortho who visits our regional center once a month - will discuss my plans for a 10k walk at Noosa with her based on ltest imaging in 10 days - fingers crossed!

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Did mine in Feb last year.  First 2 weeks my foot was pretty swollen and walking was uncomfortable. After that I swam and rode a few times a week. Started running after 5 weeks, 5km easy on grass. After about 6 weeks I could do pretty much what I wanted but with any injury I just built up slowly. Doctor and Physio both said to let it heal naturally, no boot or crutches.  

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Well 8 week fracyre-versery visit to the otho today, armed with fresh imaging. Was hoping to hear the words - "chuck out the moonboot & see you later" but instead....

Well the primary fracture (WTF?) is healing nicely  (the avulsion fracture to the head of the 5th) but the secondary (WTF #2?) fracure is of more concern. You have a (partial) Jones fracture that we can see in the load bearing images from yesterday so keep wearing the moonboot and we'll get fresh images in 5 weeks and decide if it needs surgery :(:(:( that will make for three months of moon booted turture with no definate return to running date :( and I'm averaging 1kg a week weight gain......

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31 minutes ago, BogFrog said:

Ahh shite! Sorry to hear trifun. Fingers crossed it'll come good. Can you ride and swim? That should help keep the kgs off...

 Thx

Been back in the pool for a couple of weeks & riding the windtrainer on the front porch a bit (but the next two weeks are hectic at the Uni's (my last two assignmnets for my masters + marking for my undergrads) on top of the day job at High School). Noosa #35 is looking pretty sad: 

Swim :),

Cycle 😑,

Walk (attempt in moonboot) 😰

just wave as you go past if I'm sitting on the gutter having a rest.

(at least the Legends wave is early-ish)

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Will they let you do it in a wheel chair?

not without an impairment classification pre-approoved by TA (like they use for the para-olympics) and then you compete in a specialised wave

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