Jones Fracture Healing Time

Jones Fracture Healing Time – These are notorious for very slow healing because they are always being pulled apart. Learn what to do to speed it up!


Jones Fracture Healing Time

Jones Fracture:

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.

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.



Jones Fracture Treatment Home Tips:

  • Take calcium
  • Take vitamin D


Jones Fracture Treatment:

  • Jones fracture healing time is slower with casting.

If the fifth metatarsal base is not significantly displaced, it can be healed with casting. This is preferable for people who are older and have any medical history. This is how most people will be treated.

Why casting over surgery?

  • Casting is the less invasive method.
  • It has less complications
  • Treatment is faster with surgery.
  • This is the cheaper method.
  • Can also use a walking boot.
  • Transition into a surgical shoe after 6-8 weeks.

This method of treatment usually takes at least 6-8 weeks of wearing a cast or a walking boot. This is then followed by a couple weeks of a surgical shoe or a stiff shoe. Any less and there is 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.

If you are a high level athlete or there is significant displacement of your fifth metatarsal base, the treatment of choice will be to put a 4.0mm screw down the shaft of your metatarsal. This involves a small incision on the side of your foot, so scarring is minimal.

Why surgery over casting?

  • Surgery is invasive.
  • More complications.
  • More expensive.
  • Faster healing time.
  • Usually reserved for athletes or displacement of the bone.

This method of treatment usually takes 2-4 weeks to be back on your feet in a surgical shoe. This number differs based on the surgeon or the method of treatment used.


Good luck with your Jones Fracture Healing Time.

For more on Stress Fractures:

Stress Fracture Treatment Guide.

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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.