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I recently broke the 5th metatarsal in my foot. So far as I understand, bones quit growing, so my question is how do broken bones heal in adults?
Dear David,
Thankyou for your inquiry. In adults bones do not grow in length, but they still have the ability to repair a fracture albeit slower than in a child or adolescent. A fracture of the 5 th metataursal can heal , but immobilization is very important in this fracture of the foot. If the casting cannot be accomplished so as to prevent movement of the bone, there is a higher incidence of what we term malunion ie failure of the bone to join, and produce adequate callous (repair) bone formation. In the event of this a surgical repair/stabilization is needed. An opinion from an orthopedic surgeon is recommended for this fracture. I hope this information helps you.
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