Outside of the Foot Pain [Lateral Foot Pain]
Jones Fracture Healing Time: [FASTER 5th Metatarsal Fracture Recovery!]
Jones Fracture Healing Time: These are notorious for prolonged healing. It can take up to 6-8 weeks in a cast. We show you how to BE FASTER!
- Outside of the foot, pain can be improved with a few simple treatment changes.
- We are foot doctors & we see this problem get better almost every day.
- The goal is to solve this problem without medication or surgery if possible.
So, let’s GO!
Other causes of the outside of the foot pain:
Outside of the Foot Pain Picture Gallery:
- Fifth toe pain usually has nothing wrong with the bone unless it has recently been broken. The pain usually results from pressure against the front of the shoe, causing a callus or ingrown toenail.
- The fifth toe joint can cause a Tailor’s bunion to occur. This can also result in nerve pain and arthritis of the fifth toe joint.
- The bone connecting to the fifth toe is called the fifth metatarsal. It is possible to develop a stress fracture or “Jones” fracture.
- It is also possible to have pain and tendons and nerves outside the ankle from pressure against the outside of the shoe.
- The peroneal tendons can also be causing pain. This means the peroneus brevis tendon and the peroneus longus tendon.
- Cuboid syndrome can also cause pain at the back and outside of the foot.
Click on the photo gallery to see descriptions!
Jones Fracture Overview:
- A Jones fracture is a break in the base of the fifth metatarsal of the foot.
- You can feel it on the side of your foot right around the middle.
- This is a notoriously difficult part of the foot to heal because the Peroneus Brevis Muscle is always pulling it apart.
- This may sometimes require surgery to heal the site if there is pain.
Jones Fracture Symptoms:
Symptoms of a broken 5th metatarsal include:
- Bruising and darkness around the foot.
- Numbness burning and tingling.
- Clear foot deformity.
- Pain along the middle outside of the foot.
- Throbbing tender outside of the foot.
Jones Fracture Causes:
Jones fractures or 5th metatarsal fractures most likely happen from:
- A large fall.
- Motor vehicle accidents.
- Severely sprained ankles.
- Twisted ankles while in high heels.
- Injury to the 5th metatarsals.
- Foot twisting down and inward.
Jones Fracture Recovery Time:
Hard to heal because:
- Peroneus Brevis Muscle is always pulling it apart.
- High rate of nonunion.
- High Rate of Malunion
- Not the best blood flow to this area of the bone.
- Healing can take up to 2-3 months in a cast without surgery.
- The more health problems, the longer it takes.
Jones Fracture Treatment:
- Jones fracture healing time can be slower without surgery.
- Yet, surgery is not always necessary.
- If the fifth metatarsal base is not significantly displaced, the 5th metatarsal fracture can heal it with casting.
- This is preferable for people who are older and have any medical history.
- This is how most people will be treated.
Broken 5th Metatarsal Walking Boot:
- A great option for a Jones fracture is initially to use an offloading walking boot or cast.
- The majority of the time, these fractures can heal without needing surgery.
- In approximately 15-30% of cases, there may be difficulty healing without surgery.
Best Jones Fracture Boots:
- A cast may be indicated initially, but gradually there are some benefits to a removal air cast.
- This has recently been shown to be more and more beneficial for ankle fractures.
- Our favorite fracture boots and their supplies:
Best Jones Fracture Best Scooters:
- Crutches can be very difficult on the inside of the armpits. This can cause significant pain, especially considering how long it takes to heal the broken ankle.
- These are favorite knee scooters and walking devices:
Jones Fracture Cast:
Why casting over surgery?
- Casting is the less invasive method.
- It has fewer complications
- Treatment is faster with surgery.
- This is the cheaper method.
- You can also use a walking boot.
- Transition into a surgical shoe after 6-8 weeks.
This treatment method usually takes at least 6-8 weeks of wearing a cast or a walking boot. This is then followed by a couple of weeks of a surgical shoe or a stiff shoe.
- No less, and there is a serious risk of nonunion or malunion.
- It is definitely tough to hear that you will be off your feet for this long, but the consequences are dire if it does not heal.
- Nonunion or malunion can lead to limping and improper mechanics for the rest of your life.
Jones fracture healing time is faster with surgery.
- Yet, there are pros and cons.
- If you are a high-level athlete or there is significant displacement of your fifth metatarsal base.
- Surgery is never needed 100%, but it is a strong option in this case.
- The treatment of choice will be to put a 4.0- 5.5mm screw down the shaft of your metatarsal.
- This involves a small incision on the side of your foot, so scarring is minimal.
Why choose Jones fracture surgery over plaster casting?
- Surgery is invasive.
- More complications.
- More expensive.
- Faster healing time.
- Usually reserved for athletes or displacement of the bone.
- This treatment method usually takes 2-4 weeks to be back on your feet in a surgical shoe.
- For the first 2-4 weeks, you would generally be in a cast until the incision site heals.
- This number differs based on the surgeon or the method of treatment used.
Jones Fracture Treatment Home Tips:
- Take calcium
- Take vitamin D
- Eat lots of protein.
- Make sure it is well offloaded.
- Walking boot or cast for at least 6-8 weeks.
Jones Fracture Home Treatment & Rehabilitation:
- You should transition to a rigid ankle support brace after you are out of a cast or walking boot.
- These are our favorite braces.
- These stability braces are meant for when you immediately leave the immobilizing boot.
5th metatarsal fracture not healing?
- If this is happening, you should see your podiatrist as quickly as possible!
- This might mean something called a non-union is occurring.
Lateral Foot Pain without a fracture?
- These are compression braces that should help you long term.
- These are meant more for compression and fit, rather than absolute stability:
Pain Relief Options:
- Consider menthol as an alternative to icing.
- Studies have shown that the pain relief can last 2x as long.
- This is safer than long term NSAIDs or other pills.
Best 5th Metatarsal Pain Shoes:
- The key to prevent your ankle pain is to have a good supportive shoe that supports your ankle joint and subtalar joint.
- If you have a good supportive shoe, that keeps pressure your joints so that your ankle does not have to work as hard.
- This almost seems counter-intuitive, but when people switch to really good supportive shoes that fit properly, the ankle pain should gradually improve.
Best 5th Metatarsal Pain Orthotics:
- These are our recommended orthotics for 5th metatarsal pain.
- There are different types of different shoes.
- Women’s shoes usually need a less bulky orthotic but allow for less correction.
- A full-length orthotic requires a running shoe, boot, or comfortable walking/dress shoe.
- We recommend doing everything you can to get a good supportive shoe that can fit a full-length orthotic.
- This is the best way to maximize your orthotics for great results.
For more on Stress Fractures:
Outside of the Foot Pain [Lateral Foot Pain]