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Best Shoes After 5th Metatarsal Fracture: 2023

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Last updated: 19/11/2023


by James McCormack

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A 5th Metatarsal Fracture is a frustrating injury that requires time in a walking boot to recover over 4-6 weeks. Once you remove the walking boot, it is essential to have the best shoes to ensure a smooth return to your previous activity levels. This article will explain the nature of 5th metatarsal fractures and how to choose the best shoes after a 5th metatarsal fracture, including our recommendations. 

A 5th Metatarsal Fracture is one of the most common types of fracture to the foot, and there are different types of 5th Metatarsal Fractures depending on the location and shape of the fracture. The most well-known are a Jones Fracture, an avulsion fracture and a 5th Metatarsal Stress Fracture. All of these fractures spend time in a walking boot to allow the bone to heel, and it is essential when a patient transitions from a walking boot to a normal shoe, they wear the correct shoes.

Based on our clinical experience, we have provided recommendations on the best shoes after a 5th Metatarsal Fracture.

Related Article: Signs and Symptoms of a 5th Metatarsal Fracture

Best Shoes After 5th Metatarsal Fracture

The best shoes after 5th metatarsal fracture should have balanced cushioning, a low heel drop and a wide toe box. 

The balanced cushioning helps to absorb the impact and vibration of walking and running to reduce the pressure on the foot.

A low heel drop refers to the difference in the height of the shoe from the front to the back. A low heel drop reduces the pressure placed on your forefoot when standing. 

A wide toe box reduces compression of the outer foot; this is important as the fracture site can be sensitive post-injury, and a narrow toe box can make your foot uncomfortable.

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New Balance 880 V13

We recommend the New Balance 880 V13 shoes for a 5th Metatarsal Stress Fracture due to their high-density cushioning, wide-toe box and stable midsole.

The Fresh Foam X cushioning from the New Balance is some of the market’s highest density and light cushioning. It absorbs impact while you walk or run to offload your 5th Metatarsal.

The 880’s standard fit has a wide toe box to reduce compression on the forefoot, and they are typically true to size in length.

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Asics Gel Cumulus 24

We recommend the Asics Gel-Cumulus after 5th Metatarsal fracture due to their FF+ Blast cushioning, FLYTEFOAM cushioning and deep heel cup.

The combination of FF+ Blast and FLYTEFOAM cushioning makes it feel like you’re walking on a cloud. Absorbing impact and vibration as you move and protecting your forefoot. 

The deep heel cup helps to cradle your heel to help control excess pronation moments. Allowing for greater foot control than the New Balance 880.

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Hoka Bondi 8

We recommend the Hoka Bondi 8 Shoes; if you have a neutral gait and are recovering from a 5th Metatarsal Stress Fracture due to their CMEVA cushioning, wide fit option and low heel drop.

While the Bondi 8 has a thick midsole the CMEVA material makes them super lightweight and cushioned.

The 4mm heel creates an even distribution of force across the foot and they come in 3 different width options to reduce forefoot compression.

This is our go-to shoe after a 5th Metatarsal Fracture.

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Shoe Advice from James McCormack

This article is written by James McCormack, a Foot and Ankle Specialist who is an expert in prescribing the best shoes after 5th Metatarsal Fracture.

This is not medical advice. We recommend consulting with a medical professional such as James McCormack before purchasing any shoes recommended in this article. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly and face-to-face appointments in his London clinic.

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