I still haven't heard from my Dr.
I have an appointment tomorrow with an in-network physician who prescribes the Exogen bone stimulator. According to the guidelines, I meet the 4 criteria for prescription: a non-union fracture less than 1cm, more than 3 months from injury where clinically significant healing has not occured. I hope to get this devise as recommended by Dr. Rod and others.
I'm ok with missing this track season ... if that's what it takes to avoid surgery and heal completely.
As my friend James Chinn said, I need to take the long view. (James is having a great season, posting 200m times at age 54 faster than he's run in 3 yrs).
I'm waiting for the Dr. to give me instructions on what I can do. He is under the assumption I want to run ASAP. I wish I could talk with him again. I don't NEED to run anytime soon.
Dr. Rod, a triathlete and orthopedic surgeon looked at my xrays and told me he thinks it will probably heal without surgery and NOT form a non-union. Thanks Rod for your input! He also suggested what many have already suggested: using an Exogen ultrasound bone stimulator.
WHY hasn't my Dr. suggested this? I left a message on his voicemail requesting a prescription for this devise.
I checked with Cigna and they cover it. In their recently updated policy on such devises, they cover it specifically for 5th metatarsal fractures.
I just have to be careful. I've not worked out in a week. Maybe I should go tonight.
Will update as soon as I hear from Dr. Willers.
This injury is bad but not career ending. I still may be able to sprint forever.