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By contactus
December 06, 2010
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Ben Roethlisberger has been seen sporting a walking boot on his foot this whole week. Initial reports were saying that it was due to a "broken metatarsal bone" that had been injured in the past and was damaged again sometime during last Sunday's game. It was supposedly a twisting of that ankle that caused the injury. This makes sense with how the fifth metatarsal base is commonly fractured.
A so called "Jones fracture" is a fairly common injury that occurs during severe ankle sprains. The fifth metatarsal bone is the outside long bone that extends from the base of the pinky toe all the way to the 3rd cuneiform bone. It is a fairly mobile bone and the injury can result from an ankle sprain because of the tugging motion that the muscle peroneus brevis exerts on the base, or closest part of the bone to the ankle. The bone fractures just past where this attachment is and is rarely a complete fracture. The area of the fracture is hard to heal as it is an area of the foot that has poor blood flow. Since the bone is quite mobile it is fairly difficult to keep the bone stable during the healing stages. For this reason, non unions can occur with this type of fracture. When a bone is not able to heal itself properly, it replaces the gap of the fracture with fibrous tissue instead of hard bone. This may be the case with Big Ben. The injury can be painful, but with the right type of stability to his cleats and resting it in the walking cast boot could allow Roethlisberger to have a normal game this Sunday. Obviously his ability to play is the most concerning factor for the physician treating him and some more aggressive treatments may be rendered in the off-season.

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