Fractures of bones about the foot and ankle

Fractures which do not involve joints

In a generally healthy human foot, fractures which do not involve the joint will heal spontaneously. Help and comfort is often achieved by means of a cast or a splint.

However, the axis of the bone must be preserved thus preserving the normal weight-bearing patterns of the foot. For this reason, fractures of the “long” bones within the foot, the metatarsals, must often be operated on to restore alignment.