Base of the 5th Metatarsal Fracture

  1. You should remain immobilized in a walking boot/post-op shoe until 4 weeks from the initial injury.
  2. You are allowed to fully weight bear as tolerated in the walking boot/post-op shoe. I would like you to discontinue use of crutches or any other assistive walking devices as quickly as possible.
  3. You may remove the walking boot/post-op shoe whenever seated or lying down, in a safe environment. The walking boot is in place to protect rather than immobilize the fracture.
  4. At 4 weeks post-injury, you may gradually transition from the walking boot/post-op shoe back into stiff-soled, supportive shoes.
  5. I would like you to remain in the supportive shoes for a total of 2 weeks before gradually returning to all types of shoe wear.
  6. While in the walking boot/post-op shoe, I would like you to come out of the walking boot/post-op shoe twice daily to work on the following exercises. You should perform the following exercises once in the morning and once in the evening:
    • You should perform 3 sets of 15 reps of dorsiflexion (up) and eversion (out), but avoid plantarflexion (down) and inversion (in).
    • Stretch the Achilles by placing a towel across the ball of your foot and pulling up. Hold each stretch for a five-count and do five repetitions.
  7. There are no limitations to your activities, as long as they are performed in the walking boot/post-op shoe.
  8. Outside of the walking boot/post-op shoe, you should limit yourself to cycling on a stationary bicycle.
  9. I would like to see you back in 4 weeks for a follow-up appointment. We will obtain new x-rays upon return.
  10. Foot fractures typically take 10-12 weeks to fully heal.
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About Mark Reed

Mark Reed, MD Dr. Mark Reed is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon providing specialty care of all foot and ankle disorders. He treats both adolescents and adults with a special focus on sports-related injuries, including ankle instability, cartilage lesions, and Achilles tendon injuries.