Eden: From Crush Injury to Cartwheels

by OrthoVirginia Team

Eden: From Crush Injury to Cartwheels

Eden suffered a crush injury to the top of her left foot during PE class at school when a piece of equipment fell and landed on her foot. She suffered a large cut and several breaks: 1st intra-articular displaced metatarsal head fracture and non-displaced fractures of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads. Sitting in the emergency room, we were both terrified. We knew it was bad; her pain was immeasurable. Eden worried that cheer, the only sport she’s ever loved, that she had invested 8 years into, was over. We were a wreck until she had her first visit with Dr. Peter White and he assured us it would be okay. That he could fix this. That yes, it was one of the worst he’d seen, but he had a plan and she would be back to cheerleading and tumbling with no restrictions at the end of this nightmare.

Two weeks later, Dr. White performed a surgery, an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) of the 1st metatarsal head fracture with bone graft and pin fixation, to fix the worst break. Eden was splinted and the pin remained in place for 6 weeks. After that, she did 8 weeks of physical therapy. She was pain free and back to tumbling and cheer practice 3 months post-op!

Everything and everyone at OrthoVirginia was outstanding. They were always kind, always quick to reply to my questions and concerns, and I always felt like Eden was being cared for by the best professionals in orthopedics. I trusted Dr. White’s opinions and treatment judgment and it paid off immensely. My daughter is back to flipping through the air and most importantly, is back to her old self!

(as told by Eden's mother)