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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Repairing a Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsal | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Repairing a Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsal

If you watched the Giants game a couple weeks ago, you may have seen Dallas Cowboy, Dez Bryant injure his right foot during the first minute of the fourth quarter. Bryant fractured his fifth metatarsal and underwent surgery to repair it. Head coach, Jason Garret announced that Bryant will probably be off the field for 4 to 6 weeks.

You don’t have to be a professional football player, however, to have this injury. The fifth metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Breaks in this bone are actually quite common and something we treat fairly often at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care. Although the metatarsal can fracture in a number of different places, there are two main types of fifth metatarsal fractures:

Jones fractureThis is the kind that Bryant suffered. It occurs in a small area of the fifth metatarsal that receives less blood and therefore takes longer to heal. A Jones fracture can be acute (sudden) or it can be a hairline or stress fracture. Either way, Jones fractures are caused by overuse, repetitive stress, or trauma.

Avulsion fractureThis fracture usually occurs when an injury involves an ankle roll, which causes a small piece of bone to be pulled off the main bone by a tendon or ligament.

Symptoms and Treatment

Regardless of the type of fracture, the symptoms are the same. They include: pain, swelling, tenderness on the outside of the foot where the metatarsal is located, possibly bruising, and definitely difficulty walking. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo know what to look for to make a definitive diagnosis. Your foot doctor will thoroughly examine your foot to see where the pain is and will want to know how the injury occurred. X-rays and other imaging studies may also be needed.

If you suspect a fracture, you should follow the RICE protocol until you can get to a doctor. That is: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. You podiatrist may employ one or more of the following treatments if you have fractured your fifth metatarsal:

  • ·       Immobilization—A boot or cast may be used to keep the foot immobile and crutches may be prescribed if the foot and ankle surgeon does not want you to bear weight on your foot.
  • ·       Bone Stimulation—An external device is used on the foot to provide pain-free help with healing.
  • ·       Surgery—Depending on the severity of the break or if non-surgical methods have failed, surgery may be necessary.

Fractures are serious and require immediate medical attention. If you have injured your foot, call our Aberdeen office right away at: 732-566-2841.

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