Causes may be:
- A direct blow to the foot, such as from falling and landing heavily
- A severe twist
- Repetitive stress to the foot
Problems may be:
- Swelling and pain of midfoot
- Pain with activity, such as walking
- Pain that gets better with rest
It will take about 6 weeks for most people to heal. The goals of treatment are to manage pain and support the bone as it heals. This may include:
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- A cast to keep the bone in place as it heals
- Crutches to take weight off of the foot
- Exercises to help with strength and range of motion
Some people may need surgery when other methods do not help. A metal plate and screws or pins will be used to reconnect the pieces of bone and hold them in place. This is not common.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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