A metatarsal fracture is a break or a thin, hairline crack in one of the metatarsal bones of the foot. This type of fracture usually happens from repeated stress on the bones of the foot. Or it can happen 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. Your child may or may not have had surgery. Your doctor may have put your child's foot in a cast or splint to keep it stable. Your child may have been given crutches to use to keep weight off his or her foot.
A metatarsal fracture may take from 6 weeks to several months to heal. It is important to give your child's foot time to heal completely, so that he or she does not hurt it again. Do not let your child return to usual activities until your doctor says he or she can. Your doctor may suggest that your child get physiotherapy to help regain strength and range of motion in the foot.
Healthy habits can help your child heal. Give your child a variety of healthy foods. And don't smoke around him or her.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Barry L. Scurran, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery & Gavin W. G. Chalmers, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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