How are metatarsal stress fractures prevented?

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Increases in sports-training demands, whether in intensity or duration, should be performed in a slow cyclical manner, and rest periods need to be built into training regimens. Use of orthotics has not been proven to decrease the incidence of metatarsal stress fractures.

  • Athletes who develop pain during exercise need to decrease their training level to one that is painless, and then they can slowly resume a training regimen.

  • Physicians, coaches, trainers, and parents need to be aware of metatarsal stress fractures and the symptoms. Prompt treatment can reduce morbidity and time lost from the offending sport or activity.


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