Stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal

J. C. Delee, J. P. Evans, J. Julian

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Stress fractures of the fifth metatarsal have been reported with increasing frequency, especially in athletes. Prolonged healing time and the risk of refracture following conservative treatment have led to recommendations for operative treatment including bone grafting of these fractures. An axial intramedullary screw, inserted without opening the fracture site, was used in 10 athletes with stress fractures of the fifth metatarsal. Union was obtained in all patients in an average of 7.5 weeks. All patients returned to their sports in an average of 8.5 weeks postoperatively. There were no operative complications or refractures after screw insertion. Complaints of local pain over the screw head and/or the fifth metatarsal head, seen in 7 of the 10 patients, were relieved by local shoe modifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-353
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume11
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1983

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Stress Fractures
Metatarsal Bones
Athletes
Shoes
Bone Transplantation
Bone Fractures
Sports
Head
Pain
Therapeutics

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Delee, J. C., Evans, J. P., & Julian, J. (1983). Stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 11(5), 349-353.

Stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal. / Delee, J. C.; Evans, J. P.; Julian, J.

In: American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 5, 1983, p. 349-353.

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Delee, JC, Evans, JP & Julian, J 1983, 'Stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal', American Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 349-353.
Delee JC, Evans JP, Julian J. Stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 1983;11(5):349-353.
Delee, J. C. ; Evans, J. P. ; Julian, J. / Stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal. In: American Journal of Sports Medicine. 1983 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 349-353.
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