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    Can I step on my foot with a stress fracture?

    Diagnosed with a stress fracture in my 2nd metatarsal few days ago. I'm in a moon boot and was wondering when I take the boot off at night and walk on the foot am I undoing all the work that has gone into wearing the boot?

    Also I was diagnosed as a teenager with fribergs disease in my left foot and has oestiomy on my 2nd and 3rd metatarsal over the years.

    Could this stress fracture in my right foot also be fribergs? Right foot I fracture the ankle in 2011 and since then had 2 major ligament reconstructions alone with repair of the fracture.
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    Jacqueline Kan

    Podiatrist (General)

    Cheltenham Podiatry offers excellence in all areas of footcare.From corns, callouses, fungal nails to sports injuries, Diabetic foot care, ingrown nails and orthotics. Full gait … View Profile

    Usually a stress fracture of the 2nd metatarsal is at the neck of the bone  where as freibergs is at the joint (in this case 2nd metatarsal joint) so if diagnosed correctly  with the appropriate diagnostics, it would be unlikely to mix up the two conditions . Also you should avoid walking on the foot with out the boot, you could slow repair of the fracture or possibly aggravate the condition and further damage the bone(could lead to the need for surgery) .Follow the instructions from your health professional whom is looking after it. 

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    oneteaspoon

    HealthShare Member

    I'm due to have a MRI scan on the whole foot/ankle as in 2011 I dislocated, broke, and torn my right ankle. Had 2 reconstructions in 6 months. and I'm having issues in the medial gutter which I've had 4 cortisone injections to with minimal relief so my surgeon wants a full MRI to see what is going on before going ahead to clean the gutter out that is restricting movement. 

    I wore ore the moon boot full time for 2 weeks but found I was loosing feeling when wearing it and my whole foot became increasingly painful so I had to take it off.

    i look forward to having the MRI so I can get some answers

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    Jacqueline Kan

    Podiatrist (General)

    Cheltenham Podiatry offers excellence in all areas of footcare.From corns, callouses, fungal nails to sports injuries, Diabetic foot care, ingrown nails and orthotics. Full gait … View Profile

    Sounds like the boot was not fitted appropriately and certainly not a good sign if you were loosing feeling,was probably too tight.See how the MRI goes,and if the fracture requires more rest,maybe a different boot, (cam walkers are usually good)can hire them from some of the larger chemists. Would have to make sure its fitted so the foot is firm but not too  tight as to cut the circulation or cause nerve damage. The MRI should decipher between freibergs and stress fracture. An X ray can usually pick up freibergs if read carefully.Goodluck

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    oneteaspoon

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    I used the same cam walker I had when I broke that side so I just used that. It felt like enormous pressure under the metatarsals on the balls of my feet. I've tried loosing the Velcro but I'll bring it with me when I see the surgeon and maybe he can see if I need a new one

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