What is included in patient education about metatarsal stress fractures?

Updated: Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Valerie E Cothran, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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  • The key to preventing stress fractures lies in the education of athletes, parents, coaches, trainers, and doctors.

  • Properly selected and fitted equipment, particularly running shoes, is important in deterrence of metatarsal stress fractures.

  • Training needs to be performed in a slow cyclical progression that allows the body to adapt. Adequate rest and recovery time needs to be incorporated into the participant's training regimen.

  • The quality of physical activity, rather than quantity, should be stressed in any exercise program.

  • The athlete, coach, trainer, and physician must recognize that exercise regimens are not "one size fits all." Tailor the training to the participant's baseline ability, previous experience, and current level of physical activity.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's First Aid and Injuries Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Broken Foot.

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