A fifth metatarsal fracture is a break or a thin, hairline crack in the long bone on the outside of the foot. A Jones fracture occurs near the end of this bone that is closest to the ankle.
This type of fracture can happen when a person jumps or changes direction quickly and twists the foot or ankle the wrong way. Or it can happen from repeated stress on the bones of the foot.
Treatment depends on how bad the fracture is. You may or may not have had surgery. Your doctor may have put your foot in a cast to keep it stable. A splint may be used in some cases if there is a lot of swelling. You may have been given crutches to use to keep weight off your foot. Your doctor may recommend that you keep weight off the foot for several weeks.
The fracture may take 6 weeks to several months to heal. It is important to give your foot time to heal completely so that you don't hurt it again. Do not return to your usual activities until your doctor says you can. Your doctor may suggest that you get physiotherapy to help regain strength and range of motion in your foot.
You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: November 29, 2017
Steven J. Atlas, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
& Gavin W. G. Chalmers, DPM, FACFAS - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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