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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What can I do to help a slow-healing metatarsal stress fracture?

    I have had a stress fracture -3rd metatarsal- for 17 weeks. Treatment has involved a moon boot and crutches, with limited weight bearing. Regular xrays show little change for a number of weeks, there is callus forming but healing incomplete.
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  • Dr Simon Zilko

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Simon Zilko - Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Simon Zilko is a locally and internationally trained consultant orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in all … View Profile

    Metatarsal stress fractures can take a long time to heal. Treatment should include immobilisation (cast or boot) along with protected weight bearing. The biological environment is just as important as the mechanical one though, and I prescribe all of my stress fracture patients with Vitamin D. The incidence of Vitamin D deficiency is surprisingly high in the population, despite all of our Aussie sun.

    If you've been doing all the right things then it might be good to get an orthopaedic surgeon to assess your foot.

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