Metatarsal Fracture (Fracture in the ball of the foot)

Updated: Sep 29, 2019

Cause: Trauma, overuse.

Appearance: Sudden pain in the foot, swelling, bruising, unable to walk.

How to diagnose: X-ray, CT scan.


- If the bone is in good alignment: cast or fracture boot with no weightbearing for 4-6 weeks.

- If bone is misaligned: surgery followed by 4-6 weeks of non-weightbearing.

- Vitamin D and calcium levels should be checked.

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

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