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

  • Reference Number: HEY-782/2016
  • Departments: Orthopaedics

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 child’s doctor.  If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for your child.

Your son/daughter has had a removable plaster applied today in the Fracture Clinic. Your child can walk on this plaster, remove it when in bed and move their 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 your child is able to walk on their foot without the plaster comfortably.

Your child 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 child’s appointment today, the doctor has discharged your son or daughter from clinic. This means they will not have another appointment to see us.

If you or your child has 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) 675181

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