Sprained Foot/Metatarcil Help!

Sprained Foot/Metatarcil Help!

Post by Vern » Wed, 26 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Hi.

I sprained my right metatarcil joint which is in the middle of the foot on
July 15 and it is not healed. I need some very structured advice please.

Its currently still slightly swollen. I still limp. Its very stiff in morning
and sore by end of the day.  I wrap it in ace bandage when I know I am
going to be active,, doing fair amount of walking.  I have a cane and was told
to use it if my foot hurts. I do not use it that often.  I take relafin which
reduces the swelling. I have seen a chiropactic doc 3 times and he says to
'take it easy' and seek physical therapy which I started. I do not wakeboard.

I have had one visit to PT before 2 week vacation. I am scheduled for 5 more
visits during the next few weeks.  It seems no one is giving me absolute
advice or wants to be responsible for their advice. Its all 'suggestions'. I
have an HMO.. Anyway I figure some advice from someone who 'has been there'
would be more helpful. Thanks!

Should I be using a cane as much as possible? I do not use it that much.

Should  I be staying off my foot as much as possible? I drive 1.5 hours a day.

Should I be icing it every night?

How much of the physcical excersise should I be doing? I have simple PT
execercise to 'draw alphabet', pust against a wall, balance on stair edge
and roll towel up with toes.

It seems that I simply keep hurting the healing process by using it and I
cannot find the right line of whether to use it or not use it.  What is this
line? Should I baby it as much as possible with minimal PT excercise?

Any advice to get this healed asap would be appreciated. Thanks.

BTW. I did it attempting an air 180 and caught the tip on landing which bent
my foot back in the binding. My foot came 1/2 out the binding which caused
the injury.  That night I could barely walk. I went to hospital where doc
thought it was broken but X-rays and consult with another doc did not reveal
a broken bone. I was told swelling could hide a break. Could it still be
broken?  I've never had this type of injury and maybe its just a slow process.
I'm just concerned that I will not have a permanent limp or limited motion.
Plus it sucks!

Thanks for any advice for web site with advice.


 
 
 

Sprained Foot/Metatarcil Help!

Post by Todd » Thu, 27 Aug 1998 04:00:00

A sprain is the stretching of the ligaments.  Slight sprains heel
fairly quickly, but bad sprains take a long time.  I sprained my ankle
real bad during the middle of april and it Took til the end of July
until I could run on it, and it still isn't 100%.

I've found that excercise does help.  As far as a foot sprain goes I
don't know.

Todd
Appleton, WI


Quote:

>Hi.

>I sprained my right metatarcil joint which is in the middle of the foot on
>July 15 and it is not healed. I need some very structured advice please.

>Its currently still slightly swollen. I still limp. Its very stiff in morning
>and sore by end of the day.  I wrap it in ace bandage when I know I am
>going to be active,, doing fair amount of walking.  I have a cane and was told
>to use it if my foot hurts. I do not use it that often.  I take relafin which
>reduces the swelling. I have seen a chiropactic doc 3 times and he says to
>'take it easy' and seek physical therapy which I started. I do not wakeboard.

>I have had one visit to PT before 2 week vacation. I am scheduled for 5 more
>visits during the next few weeks.  It seems no one is giving me absolute
>advice or wants to be responsible for their advice. Its all 'suggestions'. I
>have an HMO.. Anyway I figure some advice from someone who 'has been there'
>would be more helpful. Thanks!

>Should I be using a cane as much as possible? I do not use it that much.

>Should  I be staying off my foot as much as possible? I drive 1.5 hours a day.

>Should I be icing it every night?

>How much of the physcical excersise should I be doing? I have simple PT
>execercise to 'draw alphabet', pust against a wall, balance on stair edge
>and roll towel up with toes.

>It seems that I simply keep hurting the healing process by using it and I
>cannot find the right line of whether to use it or not use it.  What is this
>line? Should I baby it as much as possible with minimal PT excercise?

>Any advice to get this healed asap would be appreciated. Thanks.

>BTW. I did it attempting an air 180 and caught the tip on landing which bent
>my foot back in the binding. My foot came 1/2 out the binding which caused
>the injury.  That night I could barely walk. I went to hospital where doc
>thought it was broken but X-rays and consult with another doc did not reveal
>a broken bone. I was told swelling could hide a break. Could it still be
>broken?  I've never had this type of injury and maybe its just a slow process.
>I'm just concerned that I will not have a permanent limp or limited motion.
>Plus it sucks!

>Thanks for any advice for web site with advice.




 
 
 

Sprained Foot/Metatarcil Help!

Post by Art Ko » Thu, 27 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> A sprain is the stretching of the ligaments.  Slight sprains heel
> fairly quickly, but bad sprains take a long time.  I sprained my ankle
> real bad during the middle of april and it Took til the end of July
> until I could run on it, and it still isn't 100%.

> I've found that excercise does help.  As far as a foot sprain goes I
> don't know.

Amen to the "excercise does help" part... You do have to be careful with what type
of excercise you do though. Full strength excercises are a bad idea early in the
healing process.

After a bad hamstring pull a few years back, I got to see the excercises prescribed
by one rehab program for ankle injuries while doing my own set of excercises. At
all stages, they started with *slow* smooth stretching. In the early stages, they
involved range of motion without force (rotations, points, toe raises while seated,
...). As healing progressed, more strength was added to the excercises (toe raises
with weight on legs, slowly walking while rolling ankles in and out, ...).

Throughout the stages of rehab, they were elevating the foot and icing after
excercise to keep swelling down (even when you can't see the swelling, it could be
there).

The most important point in rehab might be that pain does *not* equal gain ...quite
the contrary, in fact. Let that be your guide on how active you are.

Art Kotz
(Now imagine how much fun it is to elevate and ice your hamstring way up in the
gluteous for the typically female nurses at 6am once a week :-)

Opinions expressed herein are my own and may not represent those of my employer.

 
 
 

Sprained Foot/Metatarcil Help!

Post by jim caldwe » Thu, 03 Sep 1998 04:00:00

I've had good luck reducing swelling using the 'contrast bath'.
Alternate soaking in hot and iced water. The theory is that alternating
hot and cold 'pumps' the affected area, gets the juices moving.   Finish
up in the ice water.

James Caldwell