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what happens if i fracture my 5th metatarsal , which fractures would require a walking boot ?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
So it would depend : Where along the fifth metatarsal the fracture is and how bad of a fracture. Most metatarsal fractures do well with a walking boot if not badly displaced or comminuted. Fractures occuring about 1.5 cm from the fifth met base are notorious bad healers due to bad blood supply and need to be aggressively monitored and may require surgery. They are known as jones fractures.

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Last updated Feb 27, 2015

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