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 child 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. Your child may or may not have had surgery. Your doctor may have put your child's foot in a cast to keep it stable. A splint may be used in some cases if there is a lot of swelling. Your child may have been given crutches to use to keep weight off of the foot. The doctor may recommend that your child 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 child's foot time to heal completely so that he or she doesn't hurt it again. Do not let your child return to usual activities until your doctor says it's okay. The doctor may suggest that your child get physiotherapy to help regain strength and range of motion in the foot.
Healthy habits can help your child heal. Give your child a variety of healthy foods. And don't smoke around your child.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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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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