Metatarsal Incomplete Fracture?
Good afternoon, I want to ask, I got an X-ray from the orthopedic department that explained the result was a suspected metatarsal IV incomplete fracture, what do you help me to do? Thank you in advance
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. To be able to answer your question, first you need to understand what is called a metatarsal. Metatarsal is the name of a group of long bones that make up the dorsal area. For convenience, see the image below.
In the picture it is shown that there is not only one metatarsal bone, but there are 10, namely 5 on each leg. The five bones in each leg have their respective numbering, starting with the thumb as finger I, and ending on the pinkie as finger V. Similarly, on the other side of the foot. So that on the x-ray, the IV metatarsal means ring finger. The information that is still incomplete is because it was not conveyed whether it was on the left leg or right foot, but you certainly know.
Then, fracture means broken bone, and incomplete is a type of fracture, wherein the bone is broken but not complete, or not until it is broken all. When likened to a pencil, there are parts of the pencil that are separate but as a whole have not separated into two parts. Other types besides incomplete are complete, where the fracture is fully separated, and comminuted or crushed.
Then the conclusion on the results that you have, there is an incomplete fracture that occurs in the long bones of the metatarsal toes (left or right). But there was also given a suspicious statement, which means it is still suspected.
So our advice, you should consult again about the results with the orthopedic doctor who treats you, because in the end the right to determine and provide treatment is the doctor. Meanwhile, limit physical activity, especially those that rely on the feet, and consumption of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs that are sold freely by reading the rules of use listed if there is pain, and do not massage unless permitted by your doctor. So, hopefully answering your question.