One of the most common fractures we see are the 5th metatarsal fracture. We often get referrals from local urgent care clinics or emergency departments. 5th metatarsal fractures are seen quite frequently after ankle sprains or other inversion type injuries. The location of the fracture can determine whether surgery is warranted in order to maximize healing or prevent future debilitation. Jones fractures, a certain type of 5th metatarsal fracture, can be quite challenging to heal. Typically these patients require surgical intervention or can progress to a non-healing fracture.
We typically place one screw down the center of the bone and augment with bone graft to accelerate the healing time frame. Avulsion fractures of the 5th metatarsal are another common type we treat at our clinic. The majority of these types of fractures will heal without any type of surgery but some larger ones may require a screw to hold the fragment in place. We highly recommend anybody with a 5th metatarsal fracture to get evaluated, even if you have been to the emergency room a follow up with a podiatrist is essential.
If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 425-391-8666 or contact us online for an appointment.