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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Facts About a Jones Fracture in the Foot

A Jones fracture occurs in the fifth metatarsal, which is the long bone located on the outside of the foot. The name derives from Sir Robert Jones, who first reported the injury in 1902.  A Jones fracture occurs at the base of the part of the metatarsal nearest the ankle. It can be the result of stress on the bone from repeated movement, as well as from overuse or a traumatic injury. The fifth metatarsal differs from the other four metatarsals, in that the base juts out slightly. The metatarsals are used mainly for balance while standing and walking, and as a result, they get more use than other bones in the foot. A Jones fracture may be slow to heal and sometimes may not heal at all. Chances of a recurrence are high with this type of injury. The healing period may take up to two months, but pain may be experienced for three to six months. A brace or cast may be prescribed, and in a limited number of cases, surgery may be needed to repair the bone. For more information about a Jones fracture, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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