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Your forefoot acts as a springboard with each step you take, and a cushion when your foot touches the ground. The metatarsal bones located in the forefoot bear and shift your body weight to help maintain balance. Jumping, twisting, dancing, and running add even more force to the forefoot, making the bones vulnerable to fracture from trauma and overuse. The majority of metatarsal fractures heal with non-surgical treatment. Fractures that require surgery have highly successful outcomes.
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