Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Hip-hop Dance and Fracture in the foot

An 11 yrs old girl came yesterday complaining of a swollen and painful left foot after hearing something snap in her foot while doing hip-hop barefoot. She had been training barefoot for 1 year but it did not cause any pain. Now, she could not walk or put pressure on the side of her foot or even tip-toe.

I examined her left foot and found that she had some bruising and swelling around outer part of her midfoot (lateral aspect adjacent to the base of 5th metatarsal). There was severe tenderness at the base of the the 5th metatarsal.

Her X-rays shown that her left foot had a non-displaced transverse fracture of the base of 5th metatarsal (Jones Fracture). She was treated non-surgically with non-weight bearing posterior slab crutches to allow the swelling to subsides. She would benefit from a daily dose of low frequency ultrasound (Exogen) to promote healing. Once the swelling subsides we may consider placing her foot in a functional walking brace but she would not be allowed to walk until after 6 weeks later.

Interesting links:
Diagram of metatarsal fractures

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