How are foot fractures of the fifth metatarsal treated?

Updated: Sep 23, 2018
  • Author: Robert Silbergleit, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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The proximal fifth metatarsal is the most common site of midfoot fractures. [3, 9] Fractures are of 2 general types, the Jones fracture and the pseudo-Jones or tennis fracture. Midshaft (see first image below) and distal fifth metatarsal fractures (see second image below) are less common; these are shown in the images below.

Fractures, foot. Spiral fracture of the shaft of t Fractures, foot. Spiral fracture of the shaft of the fifth metatarsal. This fracture was treated conservatively with immobilization.
Fractures, foot. Minimally displaced fracture of t Fractures, foot. Minimally displaced fracture of the distal fifth metatarsal. This fracture was treated conservatively with immobilization in a rigid flat bottom shoe.

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