The metacarpal bones are located in the following region: from the wrist to the phalange. Metacarpal fractures occur, often due to direct blows or trauma. Male adults have higher risks.
Thumb fracture (the first metacarpal bone) is rare, as the thumb bone is relatively flexible. But the other metacarpal bones are prone to fractures. The most common is the fifth metacarpal fracture. Typical symptoms include: sharp pain, hand swelling, bruising, stiffness.
Football and boxing often have high risks. Other sport injuries and accidents can also cause metacarpal fractures. The usual treatments include: gypsum, splint, sling, physical therapy, surgery.