Pediatric Tarsal and Metatarsal Fractures

Key Points:


Foot fractures are common in children and can largely be treated non-operatively. Fractures of the talus and calcaneus, as well as fractures commonly associated with Lisfranc injuries, require extra attention and are discussed in other sections: This section will discuss fractures of the cuboid, cuneiforms and metatarsals. Among metatarsal fractures, fractures of the 1st and proximal 5th metatarsals require added attention and potentially surgical management. 


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Figure 1: Foot radiograph with 3 zones of proximal 5th metatarsal fracture. (Image courtesy of Jaclyn F Hill, MD)

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Mihir Sheth, MD; Jaclyn Hill, MD