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i had a 4th and 5th metatarsal stress fracture of my left foot

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i had a 4th and 5th metatarsal stress fracture of my left foot which i was told to wear an air cast so i could get around. I used the air cast for 6 weeks and didn't experience too much pain. I had an xray at 6 weeks which I was told by my dr that the xray showed that it was healing. It has been three weeks since i removed the air cast and have been walking without it. I am now in as much pain as I was in before I started using the air cast. Do you think I could have re-fractured it or does it take a long while for the pain to resolve? thanks
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Stress fractures can be painful for quite sometime...9 weeks is not out of the range where you could have pain.

Since a follow up xray showed that things are healing nicely, unless you did some excessive things with your foot like Olympic high jumping or running on pavement, I think you will be just fine.

I would try to limit how much you stress your foot (No high heels :) and just try to take it a bit easier for now. Also take some tylenol for pain and put ice packs on your aching foot.

If things are still hurting after you slow down a bit I would give your doctor a call and see what she thinks.

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