What are the possible complications of metatarsal stress fractures?

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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  • Nonunion is the primary complication of metatarsal stress fractures.

  • Nonunion rates of 35-50% in fifth-metatarsal stress fractures are reported in the literature. For other metatarsal stress fractures, the nonunion rate is low.

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