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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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Update:

Well it's been three months since my record-setting 4hr 20min hobble around the 10km of the run course at Noosa. I have only intermittent pain from the fractured bone these days BUT my ankle is killin me (loss of range of motion, loss of strength) - the horrendous side effects of 13 weeks of "support" (cast then moon boot). Still can't "run" more than 5km (and that at 6:30/k) or walk downstairs, or just plain walk barefoot by the end of the working week 

just thought I'd share instead of going for my sunday 15km.....

Just wish I knew how much longer it would be (and how much fatter I'd get)

sook,  sook,   sook, sook (1st world problems)

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3 hours ago, Katz said:

Seeing a physio?

AKA the very mean nice man?

Yes. Strengthening and flexibility exercises and a gradual return to running along with: "work through pain (except from the fracture site)"

 

After five months one starts to wish maybe there was a magic pill....

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7 hours ago, trifun said:

AKA the very mean nice man?

Yes. Strengthening and flexibility exercises and a gradual return to running along with: "work through pain (except from the fracture site)"

 

After five months one starts to wish maybe there was a magic pill....

Yep, that's the one, lol

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15 hours ago, trifun said:

Update:

Well it's been three months since my record-setting 4hr 20min hobble around the 10km of the run course at Noosa. I have only intermittent pain from the fractured bone these days BUT my ankle is killin me (loss of range of motion, loss of strength) - the horrendous side effects of 13 weeks of "support" (cast then moon boot). Still can't "run" more than 5km (and that at 6:30/k) or walk downstairs, or just plain walk barefoot by the end of the working week 

just thought I'd share instead of going for my sunday 15km.....

Just wish I knew how much longer it would be (and how much fatter I'd get)

sook,  sook,   sook, sook (1st world problems)

Wow all from rolling an ankle! That sucks mate. Have you tried varying your running to find what hurts the least i.e treadmill, running on grass, forefoot/heelstrike etc When I was coming back from having surgery on my adductor all I can manage was 400m at first, so I just used to do 400m repeats (slowly) on a grass track and although I would only be doing 4kmish I felt like I was at least running. It's pretty despairing when you can't run. 

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What hurts least is staying in bed LOL

Made a "long" 7km yest @6:10 on top of my other two runs last week of about 5 each, basically pushing it out by 10% a fortnight and trying to hold the frequency at 3 * a week at the moment.

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