Posts for tag: fifth metatarsal
Here at CFFA we specialize in foot and ankle fractures and we know exactly what to do to get people better under optimal conditions.
We offer minimally invasive and noninvasive procedures as well as surgery.
This is not the first injury Neymar sustained in the past 12 months . His fifth metatarsal fracture required surgery last year making him miss one of the most important matches of the season.
Once the bone heals up, even in the best case scenario, after the surgery and plates and screws are replaced, the bone never heals with 100% strength therefore making people more prone to reinjury and future fractures.
Due to the high impact nature of soccer, reinjury is more likely.
Once reinjury occurs, we try not to perform surgery the 2nd time as there is a higher chance for avascular necrosis process which means that the bone does not get adequate blood perfusion and can necrose and die.
If I have to make an educated guess, I would guess that his fifth metatarsal fracture this time is in the neck of the fifth metatarsal making it more likely to heal on its own without surgical intervention.
Fractures take approximately 4–6 weeks to heal. But it takes 10 to 12 weeks for an athlete to feel confident to return back to physical activity.
If you experience any foot pain or problems call us today so we can help.
Dr. Tatiana Wellens, DPM, PhD
Central Florida Foot and Ankle, LLC