Three-wire Fixation Technique for Displaced Fifth Metatarsal Base Fractures


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Abstract

Fractures of the tuberosity of the fifth metatarsal are the most common type of fifth metatarsal fractures. This particular fracture usually produces low morbidity and low rates of nonunion when treated nonoperatively. However, on occasion, significant displacement, comminution, or significant intra-articular involvement may warrant operative intervention. Multiple techniques have been described for the operative care of this fracture. We present a somewhat simplified fixation method for displaced fifth metatarsal fractures in a small set of patients who were all followed up to final healing of the fracture.

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