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Last year I broke my 5th metatarsal in my right foot. I was really down as I’m an active runner and fitness instructor. I would go to forums in search of 'hope' and to be honest I found none, instead i found a lot of negative comments that made me feel worse. I stopped looking and vowed, 'if my foot made a speedy recovery I would write on a forum something positive'.....so here I am!
My injury was due to silly dancing (wearing no shoes) and too much prosecco at a wedding. When it first happen i was put in a temporary cast for a day and then i was moved into what i can only describe to be Darth Vardar’s boot. Luckily i was able to weight bear but i was told i would probably be in the boot for 8 weeks and trainers for 6 weeks. I could go back to running in about 14 weeks ......nightmare!
I spoke with my uncle who is a Physio (luckily) and he felt the consultants were being ‘over cautious’ and i would be back running in 8 weeks.
I carried on going to gym (if i could get someone to drive me or I would do home exercise), mainly doing upper body weights and some leg weights. I would highly advise people to try and remain as active as you can. Research shows it does help speed recovery. I don't know the science but look it up. Once a week for 8 weeks my uncle kindly gave me acupuncture. Again i don't no the science but this also aids recovery and helps knit the bones back together.....not everyone is a believer in this treatment but I believed it helped me. I also made sure i had a dose of vitamin D a day. 6 weeks later my consultant said my bone had healed beautiful and was quite surprised at how quickly that had happen considering the damage and trauma i had caused. He said he took a chance on letting my foot heal naturally, as he thought i made need surgery on it. I still had to wear trainers for a full 6 weeks but i could go back to running in the second week of my 6-week trainer wear. My uncle was right. I was 8 weeks out. I have not had any issues since (the odd throb but nothing major) and i can wear high heels ...... i was told by lots negative people, "you will never wear heels again".
Basically stay as active as you can (helps physically but also mentally) , if you can get acupuncture try it but you need a few sessions and most importantly remain positive.