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65 yr female w/ nonunion of a Jones fracture

09/10/2008

Question:

I am a 65 yr. old Female with a nonunion, 5th metatarsal fracture. I am schedule to have surgery. Post treatment should I be immobilized or put into a weight bearing cast?

Answer:

Often there is a short period of non-weight bearing followed by a weight bearing cast or walking boot.  There are varying theories on how to recovery from this type of surgery.  This is a great question to ask your orthopedic surgeon to determine how they will recovery you post-procedure.

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Response by:

Charles Webster, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati