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Friday, August 10, 2012

Metatarsal Fractures: Email Correspondance

This was a recent correspondence with Maria (name changed for privacy). I believe she made the right decision and I wish her speedy healing. Rich

Hi here is an  Xray of my foot from breaking it last Sunday.

The doctor said it would heal in a boot. Without need for surgery.

I have a hard time understanding how it could heal right after looking at my xrays.

What do you think?
Maria

Fractures Noted on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Metatarsals
Maria, The fourth one should be fixed, although one attempt at closed reduction could work. The fourth metatarsal will take a long time to heal, if it ever does, and will heal very deformed. Then, there are side effects from that. I am 99% sure you should have surgery, unless there is some reason you should not? Rich


Thank you for your answer. And by deformed I would assume, painful too.

I'm not sure what to do next. I have a limited 10k max insurance policy through work.
I had the feeling that was the reason he put me in the boot.
Maria

Deformed means in the wrong position, shortened and that will effect the toe position also. Are there clinics in your area, like at teaching hospitals, that could work with you on a reduced rate? Rich


Thanks again for your answer and concern. I have found a doctor through a friend at a negotiated rate of $1500 or 2000.
So I am going to self pay. 
God Bless you for your willingness to answer total strangers in Florida.
I grow rare plants that can grow inside your office and would like to send you one if you want, you will have to plant it in a container?
Maria

Dr Blake's response: I have writer's hands, but not a green thumb, but I am honored and will give it a try. My best for a speedy healing. Rich

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Thank you very much for leaving a comment. Due to my time restraints, some comments may not be answered.I will answer questions that I feel will help the community as a whole.. I can only answer medical questions in a general form. No specific answers can be given. Please consult a podiatrist, therapist, orthopedist, or sports medicine physician in your area for specific questions.