Traumatic fractures of the cuboid bone can be difficult to fix if the shape of the bone is destroyed. Plates, screws, external fixators, and bone grafts can all be used to repair the bone. Surgery is done to restore the bone to its regular shape and return the side of the foot to its regular length. Stress fractures may be treated using a cast boot. The patient will be on crutches for about a month or six weeks.
It’s important to know that treatment methods differ for each metatarsal. If you have injured the second, third, or fourth metatarsal, you will need to get plenty of rest and allow yourself to become immobile for a while.
Recovery periods range from four to eight weeks, depending on the severity of the fracture or break. The most commonly injured metatarsals are the second and the fifth—the one that leads up to the pinky toe.
Your foot doctor will more than likely prescribe you plenty of rest and immobility. He or she may also advise you to practice the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation are very important when healing bones in the foot and lower leg.
If you cannot stay off your feet for the period recommended, your doctor may be able to fit you with a walking cast or brace to enable mobility. Stiff-soled shoes and/or crutches may also be beneficial to your situation.
If these methods fail, surgery may be considered. If your injury involves multiple breaks or a displaced bone, or if the healing process is not moving forward, your doctor may perform a surgical procedure to fix your metatarsal.