Jones Fracture

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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