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How to tell if I have a broken metatarsal?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Xrays

The typical test to rule out fracture is with xray.

In brief: Xrays

The typical test to rule out fracture is with xray.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Mark Galland
If you suspect a stress fracture it may not show on x-ray. Although you should have an x-ray first, a MRI may be necessary.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Imaging

Barring obvious deformity, see a physician & have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture.
If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. Please note, if there is a 5th metatarsal fracture, it may be a “jones fracture” , & have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome.

In brief: Imaging

Barring obvious deformity, see a physician & have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture.
If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. Please note, if there is a 5th metatarsal fracture, it may be a “jones fracture” , & have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome.
Dr. Mark Galland
Dr. Mark Galland
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