What is a closed metatarsal fracture?

What is a closed metatarsal fracture?

A metatarsal fracture is a break or a thin, hairline crack to one of the metatarsal bones of the foot. This type of fracture usually happens from repeated stress on the bones of the foot. Or it can happen when a person jumps or changes direction quickly and twists his or her foot or ankle the wrong way.

Can you walk on a broken 2nd metatarsal?

A patient with a broken metatarsal may be able to walk, depending on how painful the injury is. Despite this, the patient with a metatarsal fracture is advised to avoid excessive walking, especially on uneven ground, to eliminate the risk of displacement.

How is a 2nd metatarsal fracture treated?

Most stress fractures can be treated non-surgically. The basic principle is to rest/unload the foot enough to allow more healing than repetitive injury inflicts every day. In some patients, activity modification (break from exercise and minimize walking) may be enough. In others, a surgical shoe or cast boot may help.

What is a closed fracture?

Closed fracture (simple fracture). The bone is broken, but the skin is intact.

Can you move your toes with a metatarsal fracture?

Consequences of Improper Broken Toe Treatment In fact, if a fractured toe or metatarsal bone is not treated correctly, serious complications may develop. For example: A deformity in the bony architecture, which may limit the ability to move the foot or cause difficulty in fitting shoes.

Do you need a cast for a broken metatarsal?

The the long bones in your foot are called metatarsals. They are numbered from 1 to 5. This fracture is at the base of the 5th metatarsal, which is where the name comes from. The break has occurred in a part of the bone that normally heals without a problem, so you won’t need to have a plaster cast.

How would you manage a closed fracture?

Take these actions immediately while waiting for medical help:

  1. Stop any bleeding. Apply pressure to the wound with a sterile bandage, a clean cloth or a clean piece of clothing.
  2. Immobilize the injured area.
  3. Apply ice packs to limit swelling and help relieve pain.
  4. Treat for shock.

How painful is a fractured metatarsal?

Depending on which metatarsal bone is affected and how many, bleeding and severe swelling of the foot can occur alongside the metatarsal injury. This is typically very painful and you’ll also no longer be able to walk.

When does a Salter II fracture take place?

Salter II (Above) These are when the fracture extends through both the physis and metaphysis. These are most common and occur away from the joint space. When the small corner of the metaphysis is visible, this is known as a corner sign or Thurston-Holland fragment.

Which is an example of a Salter IV fracture?

Salter IV (Through/Transverse) This is also an intra-articular fracture, in which the fracture passes through the epiphysis, physis, and metaphysis. As this fracture involves the epiphysis, the articular cartilage may be damaged. An example of this isa Triplane fracture at the ankle which has the following three components:

What kind of fracture is a SH 2?

Sagittal MR image of the knee demonstrates a SH 2 fracture of the proximal tibia with displacement due to traction on the tibial tuberosity (asterisk). The physeal component (arrow) and the Thurston Holland fragment (arrowhead) are indicated. Type II: Metaphysis and Physis fracture

What kind of fracture is Thurston Holland fracture?

SH 2 of the distal femur with the Thurston Holland fragment (asterisk) created by a vertical metaphyseal fracture (large arrows) and a horizontal fracture through the physeal plate (small arrows). A tear of the periosteum (arrowhead) is present along the distraction side.