Fractures of the 5th Metatarsal

What is a Fifth Metatarsal Fracture?

The metatarsals are long bones in the feet which end at the base of the toes. Breaks in the bone, or fractures, are common in the fifth metatarsal – the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. These fractures usually occur from a sharp twist in the foot and ankle, or as a result of trauma (for example, dropping something on your foot).

The bone can break in a number of different places - through the centre of the bone, through the end, or through the tip. While these breaks may look similar, they can involve very different treatment and rehabilitation options, and hence you will need to talk to your doctor, physiotherapist or surgeon about the details of your therapy.

In most cases, a number of weeks of careful non-weight-bearing and gradual progression through physiotherapy is necessary. Of the different types of fractures shown below, only Jone's fractures are likely to need surgery.

Diagram of the Foot looking from above. It shows various types of fractures that involve the fifth metatarsal
Diagram of the Foot looking from above. It shows various types of fractures that involve the fifth metatarsal.
17 November, 2012