With Texas high school track and field season upon us, it’s only appropriate that we talk about treating a metatarsal fracture. Naturally, we hope that all the athletes stay safe as they improve their physical conditioning, forge friendships that can last years, and learn the value of dedication and hard work in achieving goals. Of course, we also know firsthand that stress fractures happen, and track athletes happen to be especially at risk for these injuries.
The metatarsal bones are the five long bones that run lengthwise across the meaty part of your foot and connect to the toes. A stress fracture is a common overuse injury that entails a tiny crack forming in the surface of the bone. The repetitive stress on bones, especially the long, thin ones in your feet, can lead to these cracks forming.
Treating a metatarsal fracture is based on ensuring that the fractured bone will realign properly and is not being forced to absorb pressure and stress during recovery. After we have studied the X-rays or bone scans and are confident that everything is in the right position for an effective recovery, it is important to rest your foot. Take time off, possibly 4 to 12 weeks, from the activity that caused the metatarsal fracture. Elevating the affected foot will help decrease pain and swelling. We may prescribe the use of a cast, orthotic device, or crutches to help keep pressure off the affected area. It is essential that you not return to physical activities until we clear you to do so.
Whether you or a loved one have suffered from a stress fracture due to athletic participation, or any other reason, it is important to choose a podiatrist who is capable of effectively treating a metatarsal fracture. Fortunately for residents of Richardson, TX, and the surrounding communities, Dr. Gene Reister has the expertise to ensure that his patients receive the treatment necessary for successful recovery. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form today to make an appointment.
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