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Fifth Metatarsal Fractures

Fractures of the fifth metatarsal are commonly encountered foot injuries.  Fortunately, though, fractures of the fifth metatarsal rarely require surgery.  There are three different fracture patterns recognized by the doctors at the Foot and Ankle Surgery Department at the Santa Rosa Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.  These three fractures patterns include:

  1. Fractures of the 5th metatarsal neck/shaft area
  2. Fractures of the 5th metatarsal base area – called the Jones’ fracture
  3. Fractures of the 5th metatarsal styloid area

Each of these different types of 5th metatarsal fracture pattern differs in terms of mechanism of injury, healing rates, and recommended treatments.  Each type is addressed separately in the headings that follow.