By Josh Martin, ATC
A Jones Fracture is a type of fracture at the base of the fifth metatarsal” Pinky Toe.” They are common in athletes or individuals with Pes Cavus” High Arch Feet.”
Individuals experiencing Pes Cavus typically have an abnormal gait pattern, resulting in increased pressure/weight over the fifth metatarsal. Jones fractures are stress fractures (small fracture that occurs over time) or an acute fracture (sudden break).
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- Difficulty walking.
- Sharp stabbing pain on the outside of the foot.
- Swelling on the outside border of the foot.
- Bruising and discoloration.
Jones Fractures are challenging to treat due to the lack of blood supply to the area. Treatments consist of either casting and/or surgery. An X-ray will determine the break’s severity. After imaging, your doctor will determine if surgery is necessary. If surgery is required, plates and screws will be fixated down the fifth metatarsal bone shaft. 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 the foot and ankle’s full function and strength.
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