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By Nrupa Shah
June 04, 2015
Category: Fractures

I seem to blog a lot about professional performers. I don’t know if it’s because they are always in the news or if they interest me more than most. In any event, I want to talk this time about Florence Welch. Welch is the front woman of the group, Florence + The Machine, an Indie rock group from London, England. She recently performed her first U.K. show this year on May 25th. Little did people know, she would be sitting down for the entire gig. Why? A few weeks prior, at the Coachella Music Festival in California, Welch broke her foot; her third metatarsal to be exact. “I don’t want to stand in case I do any more damage, so I’ll just have to sit down” she said before her performance.

 The bone that she broke—her third metatarsal—is not a common bone to break. This is because it is in the middle of your foot and does not normally bear a lot of weight so there are not nearly as many forces going through it compared to your first and fifth metatarsals. With that said, the most common way this bone is broken is by torqueing or twisting, and by direct crushing of the bone. Although the cause of how Welch broke her foot is unknown, the treatment is usually the same for each. Treatment also depends on the severity of the break; does it involve a joint? Is it displaced? Are there a lot of bony pieces? Once the extent of the break is determined, treatment can be employed. Patients are typically kept non-weight bearing in a cast or CAM (Controlled Ankle Motion) walker if the break is simple, and doesn’t involve the joint. If the break is more extensive, surgical intervention may be warranted.

 Welch seems to know what she is doing seeing as how she chose to sit down for the entirety of her show. This is not the case most of the time. If you have any doubt or concern that you broke your foot, please don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. We wish Ms. Welch a speedy recovery and hope she is able to take the stage like she’s used to doing!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

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