Jones Fracture

X-ray of Jones fractureA Jones fracture is a break between the base and shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone (that's the bone that sticks out in the middle of the foot on the side by the little toe.)  The most common cause of this fracture is spraining or rolling your foot during sports, or missing your step walking off a curb. This fracture can be difficult to heal because it occurs at a point in the bone that receives less blood supply.

Symptoms

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

Diagnosis

To diagnose a Jones fracture your podiatrist will want to know how the injury occurred and when the pain began.  

X-rays will be taken and other imaging studies may be done.  If not diagnosed correctly and treated promptly, the fracture may not fuse.

Non-surgical Treatment

Common non-surgical treatments include:

  • As with many acute injuries we recommend the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) when the injury first occurs.
  • Immobilization in a boot with crutches to keep weight off of the foot.
  • Due to the difficulty healing this type of fracture, a bone stimulator is frequently used.  A bone stimulator provides ultrasonic or pulsed electromagnetic waves to the site to promote healing.

Surgery

Surgery may be required if other more conservative treatments fail.

If you've injured your foot or ankle, give us a call at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online. We provide same day appointments for emergencies,