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#1 nan


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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:01 PM

I was mall walking each day for 30 minutes at the local mall last fall. I guess I had been walking for about 5 weeks. I got a stress fracture on the fifth metatarsal on Nov. 15th. I was in a soft cast with a shoe for 6 weeks. I was out of the cast for two weeks. I missed a step walking down the steps and refractured it. I was put back in a soft cast and shoe for about 10 more days. The x-ray looked ok, so I was out of the cast again. 7 days later I went back to the doctor because my foot was killing me and was really inflammed. At that point I got put in a tall boot that I could take off at night. I went back a month later and my foot was still broken. At this point I was told to start using a bone stimulator 10 hours a day. I went another month and you guessed it my foot was still broken. At that visit he put me in a soft cast again and put the tall boot over it. I went back after two weeks and he recast it. I go back on April 16th for more xrays. So essentially I have had a stress fracture for 5 months. A fifth metatarsal fracture is one of the hardest to heal because of the decreased blood flow to that area. Also, I have the double whammy because of Raynaud's.
Have any of you experienced a stress fracture with slow healing? My doctor said it could take 4-6 more months.
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#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:17 PM

Hi Nan,

Yikes, that's a long time for any injury. Some things are just very hard to heal, like you've found. I've never encountered that myself with a broken bone, but I had a simple sprained ankle once that didn't heal for six months. I think it's because, like you've discovered, feet have a special way of encountering even more injuries once they are already in a state of diminished capacity.

And feet can just take incredibly long to heal. I hope you can get it to heal and stay healed, for a change!
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 01:50 PM


I am so sorry you are going thru all of this. Hang in there and know you are in my thoughts,

Much love,

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:07 PM


Can certainly relate to you. Toe Amputation in January and still not healed.
Sitting home tonight in a mass of hives and itching and doctor still doesn't know why. He says it's not a CREST rash. He removed me from all my medications (8 pills) a day and I can only take my Nexium and Synthroid. Scares me being off BP meds, as I can go as high as over 200 plus.

Back on 20 mg Prednisone today for 30 days which scares me a bit too.

I take so many little things going right as a glorious day any more. Laptop crashed today. Just for giggles, tried turning it on and wa-la I'm sending you this message. Just the little things......I'll take them.

It is what it is...........

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:44 PM

I feel so bad that you've had this experience, Nan! Like Shelley said, that's n awful long time to be dealing with an injury!

When I was in high school, I was playing basketball, coming down on the side of my foot... receiving the very same injury as you! The 5th bone of the metatarsal arch!

I wish you the best with this and I'm sending hugs to you!
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 05:55 PM

Yes I have had a stress fracture and it took forever to heal. I hope you heal quickly!! Hang in there.
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:01 PM

Oh Wow Nan,

Aren't you a bit fed up by now? You poor thing.

I didn't know there was diminished blood flow to that area in general and then with Raynaud's.....no wonder my pinky toe hurts and the toenail is turning dark.

I will not wait to have it looked at now.

You hang in there!

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 01:08 AM


So sorry that you are having a slow process with the fracture. I haven't personally experienced it but I can see the slow healing process being frustrating.


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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:01 AM

Hi Guys,
Thanks for all of your sweet replies. As I tell my husband it could be worse. I have a lot to be thankful for....
Have a super day!

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:18 PM

Hi Nan,


I was wondering how your foot has healed. I fractured my fifth metatarsal and cuboid bone in a fall January 2009.  It wasn't recognized for 6weeks since it didn't show on the x-ray (just on MRI later). It healed pretty well after about 6months or so but lately it's been hurting off and on. No new bruising or swelling so it's not re broken but I wonder if it just didn't heal right because of the scleroderma. I was having all sorts of problems for a year or so before the fall but I was just diagnosed as early scleroderma recently.  I just wonder if the scleroderma delays bone healing or keeps it from healing right and so I wondered how you're doing.  I hope you are well and will be thinking of you.



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 10:35 PM

Hi Heather,


My husband, who doesn't have Scleroderma, suffered a similar fracture a few years ago; in his case it did take longer than the average 6 weeks to heal, as he hobbled around on it manfully for ages before I dragged him to the local Accident and Emergency hospital to have it xrayed. I think the nature of the fracture and the position of it didn't help; because of his job he had to do a fair bit of walking on it and that delayed the healing process.


There can be an increased risk for bone loss in patients with Scleroderma and the risk of osteoporosis is associated with disease severity and certain medications, such as steroids, can cause a weakening of the bones and subsequent osteoporosis. I've included a link to our medical page on Skeletal Involvement to give you some more information.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 01:15 PM

I though that, in general, scleroderma makes us slow to heal? I have had the same ulcers for 3 year and counting and any trauma to my calves (skin still hard there) takes months not weeks to heal.


Heather, I hope that you heal quickly, please let us know how you get on.


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