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5th metatarsal injury time to recover (simple break in the bone)?

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Dr. Harry Dollahite
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 10 – 12 weeks

Fifth metatarsal base fractures are very common.
Bone healing is common in 10 to 12 weeks. On occasion, there is an asymptomatic fibrous union – the fracture line is still apparent on x-rays though there is no pain. Fifth metatarsal shaft fractures (jones fractures) are associated with delayed healing and sometimes nonunion. These can require open treatment with bone grafting ; internal fixation.

In brief: 10 – 12 weeks

Fifth metatarsal base fractures are very common.
Bone healing is common in 10 to 12 weeks. On occasion, there is an asymptomatic fibrous union – the fracture line is still apparent on x-rays though there is no pain. Fifth metatarsal shaft fractures (jones fractures) are associated with delayed healing and sometimes nonunion. These can require open treatment with bone grafting ; internal fixation.
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