Jones fracture

Posted by motorcarrier @motorcarrier, Dec 23, 2021

Does anyone, especially seniors, have any experience woth a Jones fracture? A Jones fracture refers to a break between the base and shaft of the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot. The fifth metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the smallest toe.

A Jones fracture is a common type of metatarsal fracture and is the most severe type of fracture that can occur in this bone.

I'm 69 yoa, overweight, walk two miles each morning, and am one year out from surgery to repair a complete tear of the peroneal tendon and partial tear of the achilles tendon on the same foot, so I've been seeing a podiatrist. A couple of days ago I had my one year follow up and told the doctor I was still experiencing mild occasion pain and numbness on the upper outside of the foot, naturally assuming it was related to the tendon repar. They took some x-rays and discovered I had a stress fracture.

The podiatrist seemed a little concerned and said it was a difficult fracture, gave me a compression sock, and told me to return in three weeks. He said that if it didn't heal on its own, he'd have to do surgery to screw the bone togeter. Recovery could take up to 4 months.

In addition to the compression sock, I've started wearing the boot I was in following my endon repair. Is there anything I can do to avoid surgery and allow the fracture to heal on its own?

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Hello @motorcarrier, I have no experience with a Jones Fracture but @laurabond79, @butch24350 and @susanop have discussed the injury in other discussions and may be able to offer some suggestions for you. You might find the following information helpful until we hear from members who have experience with the injury.

Jones Fracture: Symptoms, Treatment, and More – Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/jones-fracture

Here's some additional information I found that may help answer your question – "Your foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon may recommend treating the Jones fracture without surgery. This involves a period of immobilization in a non-weightbearing cast or boot. Studies have shown that some of these injuries fail to heal. For this reason, repeat X-rays are necessary to ensure appropriate healing." — https://www.footcaremd.org/conditions-treatments/midfoot/jones-fracture

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