Can spiral fractures of the fifth metatarsal on the feet be treated with surgery?
Surgery is definitely an option
Part of treatment of fractures of the foot includes avoidance of weight-bearing activities which is difficult for you to do since you have to walk daily.
Fractures of the 5th metatarsal are classified according to the exact area of the bone where the injury occurs.
There is one type of fracture of this bone that heals poorly without surgery and surgery is usually eventually required (called the XXXXXXX fracture).
It is possible that you have this or a similar type of fracture. Since it has been more than 6 weeks and there is no evidence of healing then surgery is definitely an option.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Definitely, surgery should be considered
In the case of a XXXXXXX fracture, surgery should definitely be considered since there would be poor or delayed healing otherwise.
Displacement or widening of the fracture tends to occur with continued weight bearing if not repaired.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
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