Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle provides Jones fracture treatment in Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, and Caldwell, Idaho.

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, make an appointment with one of our experienced, friendly, and board-certified foot doctors.  We accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare.

To find out more, call (208) 855-5955 or request an appointment online.

What are people saying about Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle?

“Dr. Burk is informative and always helpful. He demonstrates concern for the patient’s overall health. I always recommend him.”– Kathleen J.

What is a Jones Fracture?

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.

Jones Fracture Symptoms

The symptoms of a Jones fracture include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Bruising
  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot

Diagnosis and Treatment

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:

  • Rest: Stay off the injured foot as walking and other activities could result in further injury.
  • Ice: Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again. Be sure to place a thin towel between the ice and skin.
  • Compression: Use an elastic wrap to help control swelling.
  • Elevation: Keep the foot raised slightly above heart level to reduce swelling.

After your evaluation, we may use one of these options for treatment of a Jones fracture:

  • Immobilization. Depending on the severity of the injury, the foot is kept immobile with a cast, cast boot, or stiff-soled shoe. Crutches may also be needed to avoid placing weight on the injured foot.
  • Bone stimulation. A pain-free external device is used to speed the healing of some fractures. Bone stimulation may be used as part of the treatment or following an inadequate response to immobilization.
  • Surgery. If the injury involves a displaced bone, multiple breaks, or has failed to adequately heal, surgery may be required. We will determine the type of procedure that is best suited to the individual patient.

*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.

 

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