Fracture of the proximal fifth metatarsal

Case contributed by Dr Jose Miguel Terrazas Najera

Presentation

Sports related trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 13 years
Gender: Male

A tranverse lucent fracture line is seen at the base of the fifth metatarsal, without articular involvement.

Case Discussion

The proximal fifth metatarsal is the site of a number of fractures and variants which mimic fractures. The bio-mechanics of the fractures differ as do the natural history and treatment, therefore an understanding of these entities is important.

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