Jones Fractures

A Jones fracture is a specific type of foot fracture involving the outside portion of the foot, and specifically the fifth metatarsal bone, often referred to as the pinky toe. Also known as a 5th metatarsal fracture, this is one of the most serious types of injury in this area.

What You Need to Know About a Jones Fracture

What is a Jones Fracture?

A Jones fracture occurs near the pinky toe side of your foot due to overuse or trauma. The fifth metatarsal of the foot absorbs a lot of your body's weight. Over time stress on this area can cause a fracture to occur.

A 5th metatarsal fracture is the most common type of injury that occurs in this area. Additionally, This area of the body receives minimal blood supply. As a result, it can be difficult for a Jones fracture to heal.

Finding relief for Jones fracture symptoms starts with a visit to Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center. Schedule an appointment at one of our Metro Atlanta locations now!

What Causes a Jones Fracture?

Jones fractures can occur slowly due to overuse, such as a ramp-up of endurance training. 5th metatarsal fractures can also occur suddenly as a result of rolling your foot. Genetic factors like high arches may increase the likelihood of developing a Jones fracture.

Jones Fracture Symptoms

Everyone experiences the injury differently. Common Jones fracture symptoms include:

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Bruising along the outside portion of the midfoot

  • A pop or snapping sensation in the affected area

  • Difficulty walking

How is a Jones Fracture Diagnosed?

Getting a proper diagnosis starts with a visit to Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center. During your appointment, one of our expert physicians will examine your affected area. Your physician will ask you to detail when you first noticed the injury and what you were doing. Additionally, your physician may ask you to demonstrate activities that cause you pain.

Jones fracture symptoms are similar to other types of metatarsal fractures. Diagnostic imaging technology helps us narrow down the causes of your pain. Once your physician has confirmed the source of your discomfort they will be able to plan the best treatment plan for your individual needs.

Jones Fracture Treatment

Your Jones fracture treatment plan depends on the severity of your injury. Jones fracture treatment can take the form of surgical and non-surgical options. Your Resurgens physician will determine the best course of treatment for your unique injury.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Immediately following the injury, rest, icing, compression, and elevating the injured foot above the level of the heart may help control pain and prevent further injury until a doctor can be consulted.

Your physician will likely recommend six to eight weeks in a non-weight bearing cast to immobilize the foot and allow the fracture to heal.

Surgical Treatment

If the 5th metatarsal fracture does not heal on its own, Jones fracture surgical treatment may be warranted. Typically this involves the surgical placement of an intramedullary screw or pins. This screw will stay in place while your bone heals. A surgical plate is often used in conjunction with this procedure.

If this is a repeat injury, your surgeon may use bone graft to help with your Jones fracture treatment. Jones fracture surgery can allow for earlier weight-bearing, an increased chance of bone fusion, and a quicker return to strenuous activity such as sports.

Finding the best Jones fracture treatment starts with a visit to Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center. Get moving again by scheduling an appointment at one of our many Metro Atlanta locations!

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