Weight bearing on broken metatarsal

Patient : I broke my fifth metatarsal two weeks ago. The doctor recommended weight bearing as tolerated. I don't understand how the bone can heal properly while being walked on. I'm walking on it most of the time now, but at the end of the day it starts to get painful. I'm worried I'm prolonging the healing process by walking on it (in the air cast, of course)
Symptoms:  Pain in broken foot
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