Metatarsal Fractures

Metatarsal Fractures

Most metatarsal fractures, including most fifth metatarsal fractures, can be treated without surgery.  Certain fractures involving the fifth metatarsal may require surgery.  These include metaphyseal/diaphyseal fractures (Jone’s fractures) in high level athletes.  Patients sustaining multiple metatarsal fractures may also require surgery.

If a patient requires surgery the post operative protocol will include a period of limited weight bearing while using crutches or a walker.  this is typically 6 weeks.  During this time patients will also use a CAM boot or similar device, but be allowed to remove it for range of motion exercises.  After 6 weeks, most patients resume full weight bearing.  Some people may then enter formal physical therapy to assist with rehabilitation.

 

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