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5th Metatarsal Fracture

WHAT is it?

The foot consists of five metatarsal bones that span the arch of the foot. A fracture is a crack, break or chip to a metatarsal bone, typically on the 5th metatarsal, located on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe.

WHEN does it hurt?

Weight-bearing activities such as standing, walking or running will worsen pain.

WHY do I have it?

Metatarsal fractures occur over time when repetitive stresses are placed on the structures of the foot and result in microscopic damage to the bone.


A ‘walking boot’ is an acceptable treatment option which stabilizes the foot and relieves stress, while allowing healing.

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