Following six weeks of pain in my foot (no trauma), an X-Ray has revealed a 'healing stress fracture to the third meta tarsal'. My GP run hospital fracture clinic has put me in a full below knee plaster cast for six weeks.
Is this an excessive treatment considering the fracture is healing and is situated less than an inch from the base of my toe so hardly in the cast?
Depending on the exact position, depth and stage of healing of this fracture, it may be necessary to immobilise the foot from flexion (bending of the foot, e.g. when walking) to allow correct healing. However, without seeing the x-ray it is not possible to give a definitive answer to this.
If you are concerned, your GP should be willing and able to explain the rationale for this treatment choice.
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