Foot - Metatarsal stress fracture

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Foot - Metatarsal stress fracture

  • Stress injury results from repeated loading in a normal bone
  • X-rays are often normal at time of onset of symptoms, but occasionally a subtle undisplaced fracture is seen - as in this image

Foot - Metatarsal stress fracture

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Foot - Metatarsal stress fracture

  • Callus formation or 'periosteal reaction' is seen after a few weeks - as highlighted here
  • If stress fracture is suspected and the initial X-ray is normal then clinical follow up should be arranged with repeat imaging if appropriate