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Metatarsal fractures account for over 30% of traumatic foot injuries. Broken Metatarsals have been prominent across all professional sports in the past five years, with several high profile athletes suffering Metatarsal fractures. Metatarsal fractures can be caused by direct trauma, excessive rotational forces or overuse. The Fifth Metatarsal is the most commonly fractured Metatarsal.
The treatment of metatarsal fractures varies depending on the type and location of the fracture. If the fracture is due to direct trauma and the fracture fragments are well aligned then the treatment is immobilisation in a Removable Plastic Cast and restricted weight bearing for 6 - 8 weeks. The same treatment is usually adequate for fractures of the other Metatarsal bones. However, stress fractures of the base of the Fifth Metatarsal sometimes show a poor healing capacity. For this reason, many orthopaedic consultants now favour surgical fixation.
Common Metatarsal Fracture Injury signs & symptoms: