Fifth metatarsal fracture
A fifth metatarsal fracture is a common injury where the bone connecting your ankle to your little toe breaks. These fractures occur from injury, overuse or high arches. Providers can treat your broken bone with a cast, boot or shoe â€” or with surgery. You can walk on your injured foot as much as your pain allows. You should gradually stop using the supportive shoe over three to five weeks, as your pain settles. Most base of 5th metatarsal injuries heal without any problems. However, it may take several months for your symptoms to settle completely.
You can improve your recovery time by:
1.Elevating your foot while seated.
2.Icing your foot for 20 minutes a day as needed, after your injury and before treatment.
3.Keeping weight off your foot for the time recommended by your provider.
4. Quitting smoking and/or using tobacco products which can help speed your healing time.
Surgery is not indicated in a fracture where there is an infection or severely damaged soft tissue. Zone 1 fractures that are not displaced do not require surgery, and most fifth metatarsal shaft fractures without significant displacement do not require surgery.