New Advances in Healing Fifth Metatarsal Injuries

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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.

And this

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.