The base of the 5th metatarsal is the small prominence on the outer border of your midfoot.
This area is sometimes fractured after an inversion injury. For example, after “rolling your ankle”.
There is an important tendon called “Peroneus Brevis” that attaches at the site and pulls off or “avulses” the bone from the rest of the metatarsal as it attempts to stop you falling over.
These usually result in fractures to Zone 1 of the base of the 5th metatarsal.
These fractures are relatively stable and are commonly managed without surgery.
A CAM (Constrained Ankle Motion) boot or “moon boot” will usually provide enough support to allow weight bearing in the early weeks after injury.
Recovery times can range from approximately 6 – 12 weeks to return to pre injury activity.
Physiotherapy is an important aspect to guide your recovery to regain strength and mobility to the foot.
Please note there are exceptions to non-surgical management of base of 5th metatarsal fractures such as displaced fractures or Zone 2 and 3 fractures.This will be confirmed at appointment.
The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. Please contact Mr Goldbloom's rooms to discuss if surgery is appropriate for your situation.