Jones Fracture: More Than Just a Dancer’s Injury
First termed by Sir Robert Jones, an orthopedic surgeon from 1902, a Jones fracture is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal. Once fractured, the fifth metatarsal has difficulty healing since it receives less blood than the other metatarsals. When referring to a Jones fracture, it is defined as either a stress fracture or an acute break. This type of fracture is most common among dancers, but anyone can experience a Jones fracture.
What causes a Jones fracture?
Any type of overuse, repetitive stress, or trauma to the fifth metatarsal can initiate a Jones fracture. If you notice symptoms such as tenderness, pain, difficulty walking, or swelling, talk to a doctor immediately. A podiatrist can better assist you if you know how long the symptoms have persisted.
However, if you are not able to see someone right away, there is an at-home care method that you can take advantage of until you can see a specialist. It is called “R.I.C.E.”
I : Ice
You will need to follow these steps with the injured foot until you can see a professional.
When seeing a podiatrist, there are various treatment methods, including surgical and non-surgical options.
- Immobilization: A cast, boot, or stiff-soled shoe (with the assistance of crutches) may be used to keep the foot immobile.
- Bone Stimulation: This technique is the most commonly used technique for Jones fractures. For bone stimulation, there is a external device used that can speed up the healing process of these fractures, and it’s pain-free.
Surgery is needed when the bone has become displaced or has had multiple breaks. Your doctor will assess the situation and determine what surgery is required.
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