Jones’s Fracture | Studio Podiatry | Podiatrist & Orthotics | Camp Hill, Brisbane 4152

What is it?

A Jones’s fracture is a common fracture that occurs at the shaft of the fifth metatarsal. The fifth metatarsal bone is located on the outside of your midfoot. Due to the location of this fracture being 1.5cm from the base of the bone, there is limited blood supply in the area. This means that the injury can take a lot longer to heal than a normal fracture and therefore, correct diagnosis is essential. 

What are the symptoms?

Patients with a Jones fracture typically experience the following symptoms: 

  • Pain on the middle and outside of the foot 
  • Swelling and/ or bruising 
  • Difficulty walking 

Why did I get it?

A Jones fracture almost always occurs as a result of an ankle sprain or other injury where the foot twists inwards. The most common risk factors for the condition are:

  • Trauma/ injury 
  • Poor biomechanics
  • Incorrect footwear
  • Over training
  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Hard surface training 

How is it diagnosed?

A thorough clinical examination and history will generally be sufficient for the diagnoses of a Jones’s fracture. You will be referred for an x-ray in order to determine the severity of the fracture. 

How can I treat it?

Healing time for a Jones’s fracture is largely dependent on the severity of the fracture and the compliance of the patient. Gradual return to activity/ sports once healed is essential in order to give the bony and soft tissue structures time to adapt. Treatment methods include: 

  • Rest and ice 
  • Crutches 
  • CAM walker 
  • Anti-inflammatories 
  • Biomechanical correction 
  • Footwear advice 
  • Custom orthotics
  • Surgery- if bone is displaced 

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