Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Cause: Twisting injury
Appearance: Sudden pain on the outside of the foot, swelling, bruising, unable to walk.
How to diagnose: X-ray
- Surgery is typically indicated for athletes given the disruption of blood flow following this particular fracture.
- Bone stimulator should be considered.
- Vitamin D and Calcium levels should be evaluated and treated
- 4-6 weeks of non-weightbearing is indicated in athletes who cannot undergo surgery.
Long-term prognosis: If treated in a timely manner and the limb is appropriately rested, full return to activity is achievable as soon as 6-8 weeks depending on bone quality. Supportive shoes and orthotics will help prevent re-fracture.
Who to call: Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon