Metatarsal Stress Fracture Treatment

Metatarsal stress fracture:

A metatarsal stress fracture happens when sudden force is put onto the metatarsal bones; it can also be a result of overuse which is often seen in athletes. A metatarsal stress fracture occurs most often in the second and third metatarsals in the foot. A metatarsal stress fracture should be dealt with as quickly as possible; as soon as the injury occurs you should use the RICE method of rest, ice, compression and elevation.

How do we treat metatarsal stress fractures?

Immobilisation in an air cast boot or a cast is often the most appropriate treatment for a metatarsal stress fracture. Most stress fractures will heal after 2-3 weeks immobilisation, carefully returning to activity. During this time you should refrain from activities that put stress on your foot and leg. Surgery may be required in order for the stress fracture to heal properly.

Metatarsal stress fracture recovery:

You may be out of sports for 6-8 weeks if you have suffered a metatarsal stress fracture.



A metatarsal stress fracture can be avoided through life style changes. Footwear should be well fitting and appropriate for your activity. Exercise time, speed and intensity should be increased gradually.


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