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What are the signs of an avulsion fracture on the foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Podiatry 46 years experience
Pain and swelling: An avulsion fracture is merely a break in a bone caused by a pulling force of a muscle/tendon. In the foot, it is common at the base of the 5th metatarsal. You would have pain, swelling, and probably bruising to the area. It needs to be treated professionally as would any fracture.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Avulsion fracture: See image for example. Signs: swelling, tenderness, pain with weightbearing, possible lump if avulsed segment is out of alignment.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Pain, swelling: Have an x-ray taken to determine if there is a fracture. Symptoms may include: pain, swelling, and limitation of motion.

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Last updated May 1, 2019

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