Fifth metatarsal injuries or fractures
represent another very common
injury that we see in the active
population and the athletic population.
In fact, we probably have patients on a weekly basis in our
office, in our clinics who come in with these injuries.
They in many cases are notorious
for either not healing well
or healing very slowly or not healing at all.
represents a clinical void
in the world of foot and ankle because we
need to be able to take care
of this patient population in manners that
facilitate a faster return to work
or return to the playing field
and better ways of getting these bones to heal. So,
in terms of research, right now in our lab we
are working on different constructs, different types of implants
that fix these bones better and
maximize the chance of the bone healing
and also the speed with which the bone heals.
The other thing we're working on is trying to address
these bones in ways that enable patients
to put weight more quickly on their foot
and thereby get out of immobilization
like a cast or a boot and be able to
get back to their day-to-day activity
in an easier fashion.