The metatarsal finds stardom at last

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:933
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Metatarsal bone injuries will never be quite the same again. The fracture of the second metatarsal in the left foot of the England football team's captain, David Beckham, has dragged the three inch long bone from relative obscurity—between the tarsal and the phalanges—into tabloid headlines.

    Beckham's break, a type of trauma more common among people dropping objects onto their foot than among soccer players, has focused attention not just on the metatarsal, but on the treatments available for a fracture, how long it will take to repair, …

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