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Metatarsal Fracture


This foot condition happens when one or more of the bones in the top of the foot, called a metatarsal, is cracked or broken. Treatment varies depending on which of the five metatarsals are broken. Read on to learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Falls
  • Impact from heavy objects or crushing
  • Sports, particularly for the fifth metatarsal
  • Twists

Signs & Symptoms

  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatment

  • The bone connected to the big toe is called the first metatarsal and fractures to this bone typically require surgery.
  • Second, third and fourth metatarsal bones rarely require surgical intervention, and typically will heal after a period of rest thanks to casting or wearing a special, rigid walking boot.
  • Fifth metatarsal fractures may or may not require surgery, or the wearing of a short leg cast or weight-bearing walking cast.

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