What is the role of physical therapy (PT) in the maintenance phase of treatment for 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 may be allowed to gradually return to his or her sport with a slow build-up in intensity and duration, with regular rest intervals. No more than a 10% increase in intensity or duration should be allowed from week to week. Any pain recurrence should prompt a rest period, followed by resuming the activity at a lower level.


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