Tips for Taking Care of a Recovering Metatarsal Break

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most widely-recognized, interpreted, and beloved literary works. From now until July 6, you and your family can head to Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas in Austin to check out a current exhibit based on Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece. As we think about Alice’s adventures, she’s quite lucky not to have sustained a broken toe while tumbling down the rabbit hole – a fractured metatarsal takes time to heal and she might not have met all those timeless characters. (Plus she could’ve been late for a very important date!)

Had she fractured a toe, at least she could’ve taken comfort in the fact that recovery from a metatarsal break is usually successful. The specific nature of the recovery depends, of course, on the severity of the injury, but there are measures that help:

  • Stop or reduce activities. Rest is an essential component for effective healing and recovery from most injuries. Your body is naturally adept at fixing itself, but it needs time. Additionally, taking time off will help to prevent your fracture from worsening.
  • Immobilization. Keeping the damaged bone lined up properly is instrumental for ensuring a normal recovery. In order to help facilitate this, we may prescribe a non-weight-bearing, short leg cast or stiff-soled shoe to protect your broken metatarsal bone.
  • Rehabilitation exercises. Although you do need to take time away from usual activities, it will become important for your recovery process to incorporate exercises that promote strength, range-of-motion and flexibility. Our office will be able to provide assistance to you so you have a solid plan in place.
  • Gradually resume activities. When you are ready to get back into your normal routine, start at a lower level of intensity and duration than you previously had been doing. Your body will need to readapt, so gradually re-acclimate to prior activity levels.

Any time you suffer a foot or ankle injury, be sure to have it checked out by our professional staff. Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists is here to help you with metatarsal breaks, and guide you through the recovery process so you can successfully heal and get back to your normal life. When you need expert care and treatment, give our Austin, TX office a call at (512) 328-8900 or use our online form to schedule your appointment today!

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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