Isolated avulsion fracture of the first metatarsal base at the peroneus longus tendon attachment: a case report

Skeletal Radiol. 2018 May;47(5):743-746. doi: 10.1007/s00256-017-2852-x. Epub 2018 Jan 11.


Avulsion fractures of the first metatarsal (MT1) base at the peroneus longus (PL) tendon attachment are rare and may be undiagnosed during an emergency visit. If the injury is not treated properly, chronic pain or persistent impairment for inversion and plantar-flexion of the first ray may occur. This case report presents a 30-year-old woman who presented 10 weeks post trauma to a foot and ankle surgeon due to a swollen right midfoot with diffuse tenderness over the medial Lisfranc joint. Further evaluation showed an isolated avulsion fracture of the first metatarsal, which was undiagnosed during the emergent visit following the accident. In this case, the patient was successfully treated conservatively. The goal of this article is to raise awareness of this rare injury for radiologists and orthopedic surgeons.

Keywords: Avulsion fracture; Lisfranc injury; Peroneus longus tendon.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Conservative Treatment
  • Female
  • Fractures, Avulsion / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fractures, Avulsion / therapy
  • Humans
  • Metatarsal Bones / injuries*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tendon Injuries / therapy