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jones fracture

Jones fracture is a fracture of the diaphysis of the fifth metatarsal of the foot. The fifth metatarsal is at the base of the small toe. The proximal end, where the Jones fracture occurs, is in the midportion of the foot.

Patients who sustain a Jones fracture have pain over this area, swelling, and difficulty walking.

A patient with a Jones fracture may not realize that it is a fracture, and could mistake it for a sprain.

The diagnosis is made with general diagnostic x-rays. These need to be taken from anteroposterior, oblique, and lateral views. They should be made with the foot in full flexion.

If a Jones fracture is not significantly displaced, it can be treated with a cast, splint or walking boot for four to eight weeks. Patients should not place weight on the foot until instructed by their doctor. Three-fourths of fractures treated like this should heal.

In the case of acute fracture in an athlete, a dynamic compression plate can be placed on the tension side of the fracture.

If a Jones fracture fails to unite (malunion or non union), which is a common problem with these fractures, it can become a chronic condition. If this is the case, podiatrists will likely recommend that the patient spend more time in a cast, up to twenty weeks.

It is very important to seek a professional foot care specialist help or your trusted podiatrsit if you think you may be suffering form a Jones Fracture.

You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Harounian via our online appointment scheduling system or call us at 1-888-386-4879.

Jones Fracture

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