Jones fracture occurs on the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot — the bone on the “pinky toe” side of the foot. Fractures occur during an increase in training, an increase in pressure (from a gain in body weight), or while running on uneven surfaces.
A Jones fracture also can occur during lateral (side-to-side) movements, or, for dancers, while dancing en pointe. This fracture is unique in that it occurs near the end of the bone and usually involves a compromise in blood supply. Disruption of the blood supply to the bone requires increased healing time.
Symptoms include a sharp and stabbing pain on the outside of the foot, tenderness to the touch, and swelling.
- Ice and immobilization
- X-rays to determine if fracture is present
- Casting or surgical intervention usually required
- Rehabilitation after removal of cast
- Wear proper shoes.
- Use proper training techniques.
- Avoid uneven surfaces.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises after removal of cast or once surgery has healed
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