Q. How long does a hairline fracture on the fifth metatarsal take to heal?

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Dr. Anuj Gupta
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This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 14, 2022


I had a hairline fracture on my fifth metatarsal 16 days ago. I just wanted to know how bad the fracture is? And how much time does the healing take? I am worried because I am traveling after two months for a master's degree. Currently, I am taking calcium supplements. Please help.



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I understand your concern.

Before I can suggest anything, please answer a few questions-

1. What treatment have you taken in the last 16 days?

2. Are you an athletic person?

Thank you.


I am not an athletic person. I fell from the steps. I have had the cast for 16 days and am not putting any weight or pressure on the foot. Thank you.



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I read your query and understand your concern.

There is a horizontal fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal, which is a little bit displaced. I would have straightforwardly suggested surgery if you were an athletic person.

But in your case, it is going to heal with a plaster cast only. The cast must stay for four to six weeks, during which the fractured areas join together. After this period, the cast can be removed.

For complete healing, it may take somewhere around three to six months, depending on your activity level.

I think you will be able to walk normally with some pain after four to six weeks.

Thank you.

Thanks, doctor,

Is the bone displaced? My doctor said that surgery is not needed. I had an x-ray two days ago, and he told me that the crack is the same and it did not get worse. So there is no need for surgery. Please advise.



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I read your query and understand your concern.

The bone is not displaced.

Secondly, I am also of the same opinion that in your case, surgery is not required.

I have written that in the case of athletes or high demanding patients, surgery is a good option.

But not required in your case.

Thank you.

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