Jones Fracture (Fracture of the 5th metatarsal base/shaft junction)

Updated: Sep 29, 2019

Cause: Twisting injury

Appearance: Sudden pain on the outside of the foot, swelling, bruising, unable to walk.

How to diagnose: X-ray


- Surgery is typically indicated for athletes given the disruption of blood flow following this particular fracture.

- Bone stimulator should be considered.

- Vitamin D and Calcium levels should be evaluated and treated

- 4-6 weeks of non-weightbearing is indicated in athletes who cannot undergo surgery.

Long-term prognosis: If treated in a timely manner and the limb is appropriately rested, full return to activity is achievable as soon as 6-8 weeks depending on bone quality. Supportive shoes and orthotics will help prevent re-fracture.

Who to call: Podiatrist, orthopedic surgeon

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