Jones Fracture

Summary

  • The Jones fracture is a fairly common fracture of the fifth metatarsal (The long bone connecting  your little toe to the rest of the foot).
  • Jones fractures sometimes disrupt blood supply and can result in the permanent failure of a bone to heal.
  • Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, severe and pain while walking.

How did I get this?

  • Overuse, repetitive stress, and trauma are the leading causes of Jones fractures. Jones fracture is attributed to a twisting inversion injury to the foot. Inversion injuries happen when the foot or ankle twists inward.

What can I do about it?

  • Rest and stay off the injured foot (walking may cause further injury).
  • Apply an ice pack to the injured area, placing a thin towel between the ice and the skin. Use ice for 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again.
  • An elastic wrap should be used to control swelling.
  • Elevation of foot should slightly above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
  • Seek podiatry consultation.

What help can I get for this?

  • Podiatrist may consider immobilization in a cam walker depending on the severity of the injury (crutches may also be needed to avoid placing weight on the injured foot).
  • Foot and ankle surgeon for surgical approach if the injury involves a displaced bone, multiple breaks, or has failed to adequately heal.

When will it get better?

  • In most cases, rehabilitation can begin once the cast is removed, and you will gradually be able to resume your normal activities. Rehabilitation may take an additional two to three weeks. Your age may also play a role in healing time. Younger people are known to heal faster from bone injuries.

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