Metatarsal Fractures
By drmendoza@mendozafootandankle.com
August 01, 2014
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Although only one soccer player (Álvaro SaborÃo from Costa Rica) was diagnosed with a metatarsal fracture in the 2014 World Cup, they are among the most common athletes to have them! Even David Beckham nearly missed the 2002 World Cup after breaking his second metatarsal months prior!

Each foot has five metatarsal bones extending to your toes – they are the long bones in the middle of the foot. There are two main types of fractures that can occur: stress and acute. A stress fracture is a repetitive or an overuse injury. Acute fractures are caused by a sudden injury, like getting stomped on or kicked. Due to its location, the most common bone to fracture suddenly is the fifth metatarsal on the outside of the foot.

You will usually experience pain and tenderness around the area of the fracture. There may also be some bruising and swelling – it may be difficult to put weight on the affected foot and movement of your foot may be limited. Immobilization, rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories can help with the pain and swelling.

Dr. Mendoza will analyze your x-rays to see if your mid-foot pain is caused by a metatarsal fracture. Call our office at 615-452-8899 to schedule your appointment today!

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