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Khairul Faizi Mohammad, Brad Yoo

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Markku T Nousiainen, Richard Buckley

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Nonoperative treatment

Most fractures of the forefoot require no reduction. However, gross realignment can be achieved by closed reduction if needed. If the alignment and stability of the fracture are acceptable, a nonoperative treatment plan may be followed.

Elevation of the foot will help control swelling. For most fractures, the patient can weight bear as tolerated in a stiff-soled orthosis like a flat, rigid-sole shoe for symptomatic relief.

The pain usually improves over the first few weeks.

Fracture healing typically occurs over 6–8 weeks.

Flat, rigid-sole shoe as a stiff-soled orthosis for nonoperative treatment of metatarsal fractures