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Broken 5th Metatarsal Walking Boot

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Last updated: 21/10/2023


by James McCormack

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Metatarsal Fractures are a condition that we often see in our clinics, and most walker boots can be used for stable fractures of any of the metatarsals. A 5th Metatarsal Fracture is a common running injury but is also highly prevalent among the general public. It is essential to get this condition diagnosed quickly and accurately. Most stable 5th Metatarsal fractures are placed in a walker boot for 4-6 weeks to allow the fracture site to heal. This article will recommend the best walker boots for 5th Metatarsal Fractures.

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specialises in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The money earned from this helps us to create free educational content.

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Best Walking Boot for 5th Metatarsal Fracture

The best walking boot for 5th Metatarsal Fractures should have a rocker sole, air cushioning and adjustable straps. The rocker sole facilitates a more normal gait cycle when walking short distances while the air cushioning absorbs vibration and impact from the ground to protect the fracture side. The adjustable straps keep the foot securely within the boot, reducing friction and irritation on the foot.

United Ortho 5th Metatarsal Fracture Walking Boot

We recommend the United Ortho Walker Boot due to its rocker sole, air cushioning and adjustable straps.

The rocker sole facilitates a regular gait pattern while the air cushioning helps with swelling and absorbs impact.

The United Ortho has a wide-fit toe box to reduce compression on the broken metatarsal.

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AirCast AirSelect 5th Metatarsal Fracture Walking Boot

We recommend the Aircast AirSelect Walking boot due to its semi-rigid shell, soft strike technology, and pneumatic compression.

The semi-rigid shell protects the broken metatarsal while the soft strike technology absorbs impact when walking.

The pneumatic compression is excellent at reducing swelling in the foot and ankle.

The open frame promotes ventilation while the skid resistance sole reduces the risks of a slip or fall.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.

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