The metatarsals is the part of the foot between the top of the arch and the toes. There are five metatarsals behind each of the toes. These bones are easily fractured. Stress fractures are particularly common. Avulsion fractures are common with the fifth metatarsal where the tendon pulls off a piece of the bone. There is also a fracture called a Jones fracture which may be difficult to heal as it occurs at an area of low blood circulation. Signs of a fracture include bruising, redness and swelling. In addition to physical examination, an x-ray is required to diagnose the fracture. Depending on the severity of the fracture, either protected weight bearing, non-weight bearing or surgery may be needed. For more information, please click this link.