5th Metatarsal Fractures
Often a single screw can be placed inside the canal of the bone through a minimally invasive technique with a small incision, with healing usually very reliable and protecting the bone from future fractures.
Fractures of the 5th metatarsal commonly occur from twisting injuries to the foot. There are several varieties or patterns of fractures of this bone. The fracture can occur anywhere along the length of the bone and treatment decisions are made by an orthopaedic surgeon based on the location and displacement of the fracture.
If the fracture occurs in the mid-shaft or at the tip of the bone closest to the heel (proximal), it may be appropriate to treat non-operatively. In this case, often a removable boot or shoe is used and weight bearing is allowed. Other areas of fracture location may require surgery to fix the bone and allow it to heal appropriately. Often a single screw can be placed inside the canal of the bone through a minimally invasive technique with a small incision. Healing of the fracture is usually very reliable and protects the bone from future fractures. Often the patient has predisposing factors such as foot alignment which may have contributed to the injury. Usually, weight bearing on the injured leg is allowed fairly soon after surgery. Austin Ankle Associates specializes in fractures and trauma of the foot and ankle.