What is included in the physical exam to evaluate metatarsal stress fractures?

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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  • Inspect the affected foot for swelling, bruising, or warmth.

  • Inspect both feet for a side-by-side comparison.

  • Palpate the affected foot to find the point of maximal tenderness. Specifically seek to determine if the point of maximal tenderness is related to bony or soft-tissue problems.

  • Inspect the patient's athletic shoes for signs of excessive supination or excessive wear under the metatarsal heads.

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