Metatarsal Stress Fracture – What Is One

Fracture A Metatarsal stress fracture is a break in a bone cause by repetitive stress. It can occur in any bone, but is very common in the metatarsal bones of the foot. It is often that you will not even know when the injury happens.

Metatarsal stress fractures may simply show it’s self as a painful forefoot after some activity, such a walking, sports, or stooping down onto the ball of the foot. Your second and third metatarsals are the most commonly affected. A metatarsal stress fracture will sometimes on show up on an x-ray until a few weeks after the injury.

Symptoms of a Metatarsal Stress Fracture * Sharp pain in the forefoot, aggravated by walking and running.
* Tenderness to pressure on the top surface of a metatarsal bone.
* Diffuse swelling of the skin over the forefoot.

How To Treat A Metatarsal Stress Fracture * Get professional help as soon as possible
* Keep weight off the foot, a removable cast is ideal
* To reduce swelling, wrap the foot in a tensor bandage with moderate compression.
* You may need x-rays or a bone scan to confirm a fracture.
* A sports podiatrist may apply orthopedic taping and padding to relieve stress from the metatarsals.
* A Silicone pad can be used to enable pain free walking and running while healing.
* Some times a plaster cast is necessary.
* Possible nutritional deficiencies or irregularities must also be addressed.

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  1. Son Tillman September 18, 2010

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