What is the role of physical therapy (PT) in the acute treatment of metatarsal stress fractures?

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Physical Therapy

The patient should rest from the offending activity. Immobilization is recommended for comfort, with use of a postoperative (wooden-soled) shoe or short CAM Walker (Bird and Cronin, Inc, Eagan, Minn). It is important to apply ice and elevate the foot to minimize pain and swelling. If there is marked pain or minimal evidence of healing for stress fractures of the second or third metatarsals, a short-leg walking cast can be used until there is radiographic evidence of healing.


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