Went to see the consultant yesterday which was ironically exactly 2 months since I had broken my metatarsal, the date I was told I would be able to start running again on the day I broke my metatarsal!
He seemed to think that the bone is healing nicely so I can think of getting back to run in a months time ( I may or may not attempt a Parkrun or in my case a Parkjog on New Years Day because that seems like as good a date as any to start drawing a line under the whole episode )
I feel I have dealt with the whole thing reasonably well, some days I was quite angry, but didn't get too depressed.
Thing I would like to ask is of others who have broken ( 5th ) metatarsals in the past through running or similar injuries, what kind of activitys did you start doing to really start ramping up your recovery / rehab ? I'm thinking of long walks & swimming with my flotation belt on "aqua jogging"
How long realistically was it before you were back at your best after the initial injury ?
I've already decided against London.
How long do you think you should take before entering races again after a broken metatarsal ?
Any other advice to do with broken metatarsal recovery / rehab much appreciated because I haven't had too much of that from the "professionals" if I am being completely honest.
2 weeks on from the injury now, the foot appears to be at its best first thing in the morning when I am barefoot & without the aircast for an hour or two, the foot also appears to be less bruised first thing in the morning, but then appears more bruised after an hour or so of being up, strange. Also purple blotches around the base's of a few of the toes.
I am experiencing no pain in any conventional sense, although aware from time to time that I do indeed have a fracture in my foot, more a dull ache / localised awareness of an issue rather than "Pain"
Movement in foot is still clearly inhibited / restricted when compared to the left ( unbroken ) foot, but do appear to be moving in the right direction with more movement & less swelling noticeable than even a few days ago.
It's frustrating because I am one of those people that needs to go for my run, 2 weeks off from running, only another 6 to go!
I had really bad cabin fever a few days ago, feel a little bit better now, but no doubt the cabin fever will be back with a vengeance before too long!
Probably wait another week or so before I have a go on my stationary exercise bike & then swimming after that, sometime in December I am planning to get a monthly gym pass to really start ramping my rehab up, still no running for 8 weeks!
Unfortunately a lot of the stuff I have read on the internet with regards to this injury would suggest that it is pure pot luck as to whether you get someone who knows what they are talking about or not or with regards to myself & yesterday, someone who can be bothered or not.
I'm happy with the Wayne Rooney Air Cast / Boot & crutches combo for the time being, the boot tends to become quite painful to wear after 4 or 5 hours particularly in the evenings.
Seeing as the fracture clinic were of no help whatsoever, I think I will maybe leave it a month as it is, then get a doctors appointment & try and get a follow up X-ray through him / her & if necessary complain about my treatment yesterday at the hospital.
Shame because my initial treatment at the urgent care clinic down the road from where I live was excellent, I would have given the lady I saw there 9/10, the women yesterday I would give 4/10 & that's me being very polite / generous.
For future reference, can you get X-rays done at a Podiatrists ?
Other than that I have started drinking full fat milk & will continue with that.
When this happened last week I was completely OK with it & very much a what will be will be type attitude, but yesterday has wound me up & can see myself getting depressed about it all now, I have had a bad year with injuries as it is. ( mainly to do with my groin )
Oh I intend to completely disregard the "advice" given to me yesterday at the fracture clinic & I'll tell you why;
Yesterday exactly 1 week after I sustained the injury ( 5th Metatarsal spiral fracture after turning my ankle whilst out running ) I attended my local fracture clinic where I was seen by a young lady roughly my age.
She proceeded to tell me that my fracture had "probably" already healed 7 days after I had sustained it! lol didn't even ask me to take my sock off so she could properly examine my foot, I took the sock off, then I think she mentioned 4 weeks before I could get back to exercise. ( The lady at the urgent care clinic who was very good & examined me on the day I broke it said 8 weeks no running )
I have done a lot of reading about this injury on the internet in the last week & the figure that I keep reading is 6 weeks for the bone to heal & 6-8 weeks away from running & even that appears to be an ideal scenario with no complications, a lot of people appear to have been out for 3 months or longer!
To add insult to injury, ( excuse the pun ) this "expert" also proceeded to inform me that had she seen me initially at the urgent care clinic then she wouldn't have even given me the air cast "Wayne Rooney" boot which I have been wearing for the last week & will be wearing for the next week & beyond.
No follow up appointments, no physio, no nothing, to be honest I would have had more respect for this person had they just told me to F off & told me they couldn't care less what had happened to my foot because essentially that's exactly what happened anyway, I was fobbed off.