Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography to Detect a Displaced Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsal
Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
A 27-year-old man presented to an outpatient physical therapy clinic with left lateral foot pain after playing lacrosse 1 day prior. Ultrasound imaging was performed immediately by the physical therapist, focusing on the fifth metatarsal distal shaft. Images obtained with a 13- to 6-MHz linear transducer demonstrated cortical bone disruption. The patient's primary care physician subsequently ordered radiographs, which demonstrated an obliquely oriented fracture through the shaft of the fifth metatarsal.
Boggs, R., & Nitz, A. (2018). Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography to Detect a Displaced Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsal. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 48(11), 903-903. https://doi.org/10.2519/jospt.2018.7884