A metatarsal fracture is a thin, hairline crack to the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot. The fifth metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot. This type of fracture usually happens from repeated stress on the bones of the foot. Or it can occur when a person jumps or changes direction quickly and twists his or her foot or ankle the wrong way. This fracture is common among dancers because their work involves a lot of jumping, and balancing and turning on one foot.
Treatment depends on how bad the fracture is and where the fracture is on the bone. You may or may not have had surgery. Your doctor may have put your foot in a cast or splint to keep it stable and given you crutches to use to keep weight off your foot.
A metatarsal fracture may take from 6 weeks to several months to heal. It is important to give your foot time to heal completely, so that you do not hurt it again. Do not return to your usual activities until your doctor says you can. Your doctor may suggest that you get physiotherapy to help regain strength and range of motion in your foot.
You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It is also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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