Pathologies

Foot fracture

Metatarsal fracture

Cause

The metatarsals, which are all more than 8 cm long, are the longest bones in the foot. Because they are subjected to high mechanical loads, they are often fractured, but without an obvious injury event. The cause of the injury is most often repetitive loading in this area of the foot, making it a prime site for stress or fatigue fractures.

 

Treatment

In the wide majority of cases, metatarsal fractures will heal without surgical treatment. They are mainly treated with rest and by reducing the loads placed on this region of the foot. The fifth metatarsal, which is in-line with the fifth toe, is the most frequently injured metatarsal bone. Given its location on the outside of the foot, immobilization is the preferred treatment. Minimally invasive surgery can be considered if the fracture is more severe.