Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk will be out for six to eight weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in his left foot. The Maple Leafs team announced that Riemsdyk has a metatarsal fracture and will undergo treatment and rehab.
Metatarsal bones are long bones found between the tarsal and phalanges of the toes. A metatarsal fracture happens when one of these long bones is broken or is weakened due to thinning of the bones. Consult a podiatrist for any signs of a metatarsal bone injury The doctors of Long Island Foot and Ankle Group are podiatrists who specialize in helping people with foot pain and other types of foot conditions.
What causes a metatarsal fracture?
Metatarsal fracture is caused by direct injury to the foot such as:
- Twisting of the foot
- Over supination
- Repetitive activities such as running, swimming, or jumping
- Not enough rest
- Abnormal weight transfer
What are the symptoms of a metatarsal fracture?
During its early stages, pain may be relieved by rest. As the injury becomes severe, rest may not be enough to relieve the pain and can become chronic. Swelling can be noticed without bruising. The following are the most common symptoms of metatarsal fractures:
- A cracking sound at the time of the injury
- Immediate pain and tenderness
- Bruising and swelling
- Difficulty putting weight on the affected foot
- Limited movement of your foot
- Pain that progresses gradually
- Pain worsens when walking or standing
- Pain in the mid or front of the foot
How metatarsal fractures treated?
Treatments may differ and recovery periods range from 4 to 8 weeks depending on the severity of the fracture. Always check with your podiatrist before any treatment.
- Simple painkillers may help to relieve the pain
- Remove all stress from the foot to allow it to heal
- Rest is needed in metatarsal fractures
- Apply ice as soon as possible after the injury
- Elevation will limit and reduce any swelling
- Surgery to re-align any part of the fractured bone
- Physical therapy to exercise the fractured metatarsal
How to prevent metatarsal fractures?
The risk of foot injuries is high especially in high-impact activities like sports. Preventing metatarsal fractures is tricky but there are a number of things that you can do:
- Gradually intensify the duration of the exercise
- Rest and allow yourself enough time to recover
- Wear appropriate footwear that should protect and support your feet
- Limit activities to prevent further problems
- Visit a medical professional to check your injury
At Long Island Foot and Ankle Group with offices located in Valley Stream and Lake Success, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot problems. To schedule an appointment phone Valley Stream (516) 825-4070 or Lake Success (516) 327-0074.