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A Jones fracture occurs in a small area of the fifth metatarsal (the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe). It receives less blood than other areas of the metatarsal and is more prone to difficulties while healing.
Jones fractures can be a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that occurs over time), or an acute (sudden) break. They are typically caused by overuse, repetitive stress, or trauma. They are less common and more difficult to treat than other fractures of the fifth metatarsal.
The symptoms of a Jones fracture include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of a Jones fracture, you should schedule an appointment with one of the friendly foot doctors at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle right away for proper diagnosis and treatment. Jones fractures can be difficult to treat, so it is important to start as soon as possible.
To arrive at a diagnosis, we will ask how the injury occurred and when the pain started. We will also complete a thorough examination. X-rays will be ordered if a fracture is suspected. Because Jones fractures don’t always show up on the initial x-ray, additional imaging studies may be required later.
Until you see one of our foot doctors, you can use the R.I.C.E. method at home to provide some comfort and decrease the chances of further injury:
After your evaluation, we may use one of these options for treatment of a Jones fracture:
*Treatment and recovery will vary based on the patients’ individual needs.
Pain in the feet and ankles can be especially burdensome because it inhibits your ability to exercise, stand, and walk normally. If you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain, schedule an appointment with one of our friendly foot doctors. The podiatrists at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle will thoroughly examine your feet and evaluate your symptoms to better understand your condition. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that best fits your needs and puts an end to your pain.
Call (208) 855-5955 or request an appointment online.