CC BY 4.0 · Surg J (N Y) 2017; 03(01): e6-e8
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1599833
Case Report
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Intramedullary Screw Fixation of a Proximal Fifth Metatarsal Stress Fracture in an Elite Athlete: A Case Report

Steffen Sauer
1   Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
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Publication History

31 May 2016

18 January 2017

Publication Date:
17 March 2017 (online)

Abstract

Intramedullary screw fixation of proximal fifth metatarsal fractures is a simple surgical procedure, enabling early postoperative weight-bearing and subsequently rapid return to competitive sport, which is of great significance for elite athletes. The procedure is described in an elite basketball player in this article. Pes cavus and hindfoot varus alignment potentiate cyclic loading onto the fifth metatarsal and should be addressed as it may represent underestimated factors concerning fracture prognosis.