Davos Courses

Executive Editor: Joseph Schatzker, Richard Buckley

Authors: Michael Castro, Richard Buckley, Andrew Sands, Christina Kabbash

Metatarsals - 5th, long oblique diaphyseal fractures

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Glossary

General considerations

These fractures normally heal extremely well without surgery. Surgical indications are for severely displaced fractures only.

ORIF: screw fixation
Main indication Skill Equipment
Severely displaced fractures Some specialized surgical experience Simple surgical and imaging resources

Indications

  • Severe displacement
  • High level athletes 
  • In association with metatarsal fractures


Advantages

  • Quicker healing times for rehabilitation
*Skill
Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Some specialized surgical experience Some specialized surgical experience
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
*Equipment
Basic equipment only Basic equipment only
Simple surgical and imaging resources Simple surgical and imaging resources
Full specialized surgical and imaging resources Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

v2.0 2017-03-22