I just wanted to share my injury experience with everyone, mainly because when searching for things myself, I couldn't find much that was relevant!
I broke my 5th Metatarsal in my left foot on November 2nd, 2013. I was playing hockey (my other passion besides running) and was struck with the ball at some velocity. Immediately I knew something was not right as it was a pain like I've never experienced and I could barely put weight on it. I went off and iced and then found I could put no weight at all on it and it was swollen up like a balloon.
Naturally, I went to A&E and after an X-ray was told it was a comminuted fracture of my fifth metatarsal. In Lehman's terms, it was broken into a couple of pieces. However, they said it was a good location on the bone and should heal well.
I was in a cast for two weeks, which as anyone else who has been in one will tell you, is hell for someone who is sporty and active.
Anyway, I went back to have the cast off. The doctor looked at my foot, squeezed it a bit and said it would be fine and no further x-ray was necessary. He said to continue on the crutches for 1-2 weeks and start to bear weight when I felt comfortable - a very blasé and vague follow up, I thought!
I decided to stay on crutches for two weeks after to be sure I was giving myself the best chance. I'm now about to enter my sixth week and I am able to walk (hobble) around with next to no pain. I am unable to push off on the fore of my foot though, I think walking correctly may take another week or so. I thnk it's a combination of the healing still going on and the weakness of the muscles in my foot. I am staying off sport until January, depending on how it feels.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I'd love to hear your stories. If not, I hope this helps someone else unfortunate enough to have an injury like this. My only matra would be: don't rush! Do things as and when you feel you're ready!