What is the role of vitamin D supplementation in the 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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Smith et al identify the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with a low energy fracture of the foot or ankle. The study concluded that hypovitaminosis D was common among patients with a foot or ankle injury. Patients with a low energy fracture of the foot or ankle were at particular risk for low vitamin D, especially if they smoked, were obese, or had other medical risk factors. The authors conclude that since supplementation with vitamin D (± calcium) has been shown to reduce the risk of fragility fractures and improve fracture healing, monitoring of 25-OH vitamin D and supplementation should be considered in patients with fractures. [25]


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