What is the prognosis of metatarsal stress fractures?

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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  • Stress fractures in the first 4 metatarsals routinely heal without complication.

  • Stress fractures at the base of the fifth metatarsal have a nonunion rate of 35-50%.


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