5th Metatarsal Base Fracture (Undisplaced/Minimally Displaced) Advice Sheet: Adult

  • Reference Number: HEY-476/2016
  • Departments: Orthopaedics

This leaflet has been produced to give you general information. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

This advice sheet has been produced to give you information about the 5th metatarsal base fracture.  It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your doctor.  If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for you.

You have had a removable plaster applied today in the Fracture Clinic. You can walk on this plaster, remove it when in bed and move your foot/ankle as shown today.

This removable plaster will need removing and throwing away after 5 weeks or alternatively _____ weeks from the day of application, as demonstrated by the Fracture Clinic staff.

You can discard the plaster earlier if you are able to walk on your foot without the plaster comfortably.

You should avoid any contact sport i.e. football, rugby, hockey, netball etc. for a further 6 weeks. Care should also be taken if riding bikes, scooters or using roller blades.

Following your appointment today, the doctor has discharged you from clinic. This means you will not have another appointment to see us.

If you have any problems or further queries relating to this injury, please contact us during clinic hours 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this sheet, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on telephone: (01482) 674378

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

Consent to treatment

Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to you. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.

The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

Information about you

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We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide you with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your doctor, or the person caring for you.

Under the Data Protection Act (1998) we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about you. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.

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