metatarsal stress fracture


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metatarsal stress fracture

a break or rupture of a metatarsal bone caused by prolonged running or walking. The condition is often difficult to diagnose with x-ray films. Also called march fracture.
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In a sample of 20 high arched runners, Williams et al observed more bony injuries and lateral injuries in the lower extremities (ie, 5th metatarsal stress fractures, lateral ankle sprains, and iliotibial band syndrome).
Epidemiology of metatarsal stress fractures versus tibial and femoral stress fractures during elite training.
The best approach to metatarsal stress fractures is to diagnose them early through clinical examination and then through x-ray and MRI.