What's A Jones Fracture?
A Jones fracture occurs in a small area of the fifth metatarsal. The area is more prone to injury because it receives less blood than other parts of the foot.
A Jones fracture can be a stress fracture or an acute fracture. A stress fracture is a tiny, hairline break in the bone that occurs over time, while an acute fracture is a sudden break.
Jones fractures are less common and typically more difficult to treat than an avulsion fracture, which is another fifth metatarsal fracture in which a small piece of bone is pulled off the main portion of the bone by a tendon or ligament.
Jones fractures are typically caused by trauma, repetitive stress or overuse.
Signs and symptoms of a Jones fracture include:
- Difficulty walking
- Swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot
- In some cases, bruising occurs
If you believe you are suffering from a Jones fracture, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment. Until you can see a doctor, you should follow the “R.I.C.E.” method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.)
Treatments for a Jones fracture may include: immobilization, bone stimulation, and/or surgery. You may immobilized longer with a Jones fracture than with an avulsion fracture because Jones fractures take longer to heal.
If you believe you are suffering from a Jones fracture and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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