Jones / 5th Metatarsal Fracture

Definition

A Jones fracture is an injury to the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot. The fifth metatarsal bone is at the base of the small toe, and the Jones fracture occurs in the mid-foot area (the top of the bone).

What are the symptoms of a Jones fracture?

Patients who sustain a Jones fracture have foot pain over this middle/outside area of their foot, swelling, and difficulty walking. Most often a Jones fracture is caused without significant injury or impact.

What is the treatment of a Jones fracture?

Treatment of an acute Jones fracture consists of immoblization with a cast. Patients should not place weight on the foot until instructed by their doctor. Crutches will be used for the initial healing phase.

Jones fractures can become chronic conditions if the fracture fails to unite, or heal. If this is the case, surgery will likely be recommended to secure the fracture in place with a screw, and bone graft may be used to stimuate a healing response.

Is surgery ever used as an initial treatment for a Jones fracture?

Yes. In some patients, especially competitive athletes, surgery may be recommended to try to avoid the lengthy healing period for a Jones fracture. Surgery has associated risks that must be weighed against the need for timely healing. Bunion surgery can also be performed for further relief of foot pain. Talk to your doctor if you think surgery may be needed in your situation.

This content provided by Jones Fracture, by Jonathan Cluett, M.D., About.com Guide Updated December 12, 2006. About.com Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board.

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