Metatarsal Stress Fractures Term Paper by Nicky

Metatarsal Stress Fractures
A look at the complications that may result from a metatarsal stress fracture.
# 146941 | 2,498 words | 12 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper gives an in-depth discussion of the common sports injury known as a metatarsal stress fracture. According to the paper, with accurate diagnosis and adequate acute treatment, rehabilitation, and a gradual return to athletic activity, metatarsal fractures are readily treatable without lasting effects. A definition of the metatarsal is given along with its function and a description of the foot's anatomy and physiology. Then, the paper explains how stress fractures occur, and how they are treated, which in the acute phase includes the RICE intervention, or rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Also touched upon is the rehabilitation phase following the injury and treatment. The paper concludes by stating that metatarsal stress fractures are an easily manageable athletic injury, however, failure to reduce activity and allow healing can result in the development of a complete fracture, which often requires surgical repair and prolonged healing.


Metatarsal Stress Fractures: Complications of a Complete Fracture
Thesis statement
Definition of Anatomy & Terminology
Mechanism of Injury
Injury Treatment in the Acute Phase
Rehabilitation stages
Potential Complications

From the Paper:

"Among stress-related skeletal fracture injuries, metatarsals are not frequently involved and among metatarsal stress fractures, the vast majority involve the second or third metatarsal with only a very small minority involving the fifth metatarsal. As with stress fractures generally, onset of symptoms associated with metatarsal stress fractures are gradual rather than sudden and rarely involve any specific instantaneous motion or acute injury. Rather, they manifest themselves through soreness caused by the same athletic activities responsible for their development and often do not interfere with ordinary ambulation and other non-athletic daily activities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barsom, R. (2005) Fracture and Fatigue Control in Structures: Applications of Fracture Mechanics. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • Cullen, N. & Hadded, F. (2004). How would you manage the painful midfoot? Pulse, 64(24), p.50 - 52. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from EBSCO online database.
  • Frankel, D. & DiFiori, P. J. (2007). Stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal head in a college basketball player. Current Sports Medicine Reports, (6), p.285-287. Retrieved March 17, 2009, from EBSCO online database.
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