By Josh Martin, ATC
A Jones Fracture is a type of fracture that occurs at the base of the fifth metatarsal” Pinky Toe.” This fracture is commonly seen in athletes or individuals with Pes Cavus” High Arch Feet.”
Individuals experiencing Pes Cavus typically have an abnormal gait pattern resulting in an increase in pressure/weight over the fifth metatarsal. Jones fractures can be categorized as a stress fracture (small fracture that occurs over time) or an acute fracture (sudden break).
- Difficulty walking
- Sharp stabbing pain on the outside of foot
- Swelling on outside border of foot
- Bruising and discoloration
Jones Fractures generally are challenging to treat due to the lack of blood supply to the area. Typically, treatments consist of either casting and/or surgery. To determine which treatment option is best, imaging such as an X-ray must be performed to diagnose the severity of the break. After imaging, your doctor will determine if surgery is necessary. If surgery is required, plates and screws will be fixated down the shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone. The recovery process for operative and non-operative patients are very similar. Both consist of non-weight bearing immobilization of the foot and ankle for 6-8 weeks. Following immobilization, physical therapy will be required to regain full function and strength of the foot and ankle.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000.
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By: Josh Martin, ATC