Jones Fracture (Fifth Metatarsal Fracture) : Causes, Treatments, and Recovery

Apr 24, 2024
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Jones fracture is a specific type of foot injury, base of the fifth metatarsal bone, that can significantly impact mobility and quality of life if not properly managed.

Exploring Jones Fracture

A Jones fracture is a break in the fifth metatarsal bone, which is the long bone on the outer side of the foot that connects to the pinky toe. Unlike other types of metatarsal fractures, Jones fractures occur at a specific location – the base of the fifth metatarsal, near the midfoot. These fractures typically result from sudden twisting motions, direct trauma, or overuse injuries, such as repetitive stress from activities like running or jumping.


Diagnosis and Imaging

Diagnosing a Jones fracture requires a thorough evaluation by a foot and ankle specialist. At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, we utilize advanced imaging techniques such as X-rays to visualize the fracture and assess its severity. In some cases, additional imaging modalities like MRI or CT scans may be necessary to evaluate soft tissue involvement and guide treatment decisions accurately.


Treatment Options

The treatment approach for Jones fractures depends on various factors, including the severity of the fracture, the patient's activity level, and overall health. In many cases, non-surgical treatments such as immobilization with a cast, boot, or brace may be sufficient to promote healing and stabilize the fracture. However, in cases of displaced or unstable fractures, surgical intervention may be necessary to realign the bone fragments and facilitate proper healing.


Surgical Intervention

If surgery is required, our team at Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers advanced surgical techniques to address Jones fractures effectively. Common surgical procedures for Jones fractures include:

  1. Intramedullary Screw Fixation: This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a screw into the fractured bone to stabilize the fragments and promote healing. The screw provides internal fixation, allowing for early mobilization and faster recovery.

  2. Bone Grafting: In cases of delayed healing or nonunion, bone grafting may be performed to stimulate bone growth and enhance the healing process. Bone grafts can be harvested from the patient's own body or obtained from donor sources.


Rehabilitation and Recovery

Following treatment, rehabilitation plays a crucial role in the recovery process for Jones fractures. Our team works closely with patients to develop personalized rehabilitation plans focused on restoring strength, flexibility, and function to the injured foot. Physical therapy, exercises, and gradual return to weight-bearing activities are essential components of the rehabilitation program.



Jones fractures can be challenging to manage, but with prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment, favorable outcomes can be achieved. At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Kaveh Panahi and our team are dedicated to providing compassionate care and advanced treatment options for patients with Jones fractures. If you're experiencing foot pain or suspect a fracture, don't wait – schedule a consultation with us today and take the first step towards recovery.


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