5th Metatarsal Fractures

The American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons put forth the following information on Fractures of the Fifth Metatarsal:

 

What is a fifth metatarsal fracture?

Fractures, or breaks, are common in the fifth metatarsal – the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Two types of fractures that often occur in the fifth metatarsal are:

 

Symptoms

Avulsion and Jones fracture’s have the same signs and symptoms. These include:

 

Diagnosis

Anyone who has symptoms of a fifth metatarsal fracture should see a foot & Ankle surgeon as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. To arrive at a diagnosis the surgeon will ask how the injury occurred or when the pain started. The foot will be examined with the doctor gently pressing on the different areas of the foot to determine where the pain is. The surgeon will also order x-rays. Because a Jones fracture sometimes does not show up on initial x-rays, additional imaging studies may be needed.

 

Non-surgical Treatment

Until you are able to see it a Foot & Ankle surgeon, utilize the the RICE method of care:

 

Our foot and ankle surgeon may use one of these nonsurgical options for treatment of a fifth metatarsal fracture:

 

When is surgery needed?

If the injury involves a displaced bone, multiple breaks, or has failed to adequately heal, surgery may be required to keep the bone in place and help you feel relief. Our foot and ankle surgeon will determine the type of procedure that is best suited to the individual patient and injury.

If you think you may have a 5th Metatarsal fracture call our office, we have 2 locations to serve you. Sandy, OR 503-668-5210  Portland, OR 971-254-8944.  If your need is urgent call our after hours line at 503-374-4223 and Dr. Haynes would be happy to see you. 

Author
Trevor Haynes, DPM

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