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Jones Fracture

Jones Fracture

jones fractureA Jones fracture or an avulsion fracture is the break on the fifth metatarsal bone, which is on the pinky toe side of the foot.


Jones fracture symptoms include:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Sharp stabbing pain on the outside of the foot
  • Discoloration

If you have experienced any of the Jones fracture symptoms above, we suggest you seek out medical advice from a licenced physician. Additionally, if you believe that you may have a broken bone in your foot, you should cease all unnecessary activity and contact your Podiatrist.

It is quite common for an avulsion foot fracture to occur in the fifth metatarsal. While these two fractures are similar, an avulsion foot fracture often occurs when you roll your ankle. Both of these conditions are something you should have checked out with your doctor as soon as possible.

Diagnosis of a Jones fracture

To diagnose a Jones fracture or an avulsion fracture and the extent of the injury, your physician will have to perform an X-ray.

What is a Jones fracture?

As stated before, a Jones fracture is when a break occurs on the fifth metatarsal bone.

This type of fracture can occur when there is an increase in training, a difference in pressure on your feet, or a change to an uneven surface. Additionally, you can injury your foot by doing lateral side-to-side movements.

A Jones fracture often occurs near the end of the bone, which causes a disruption in blood flow to the area, slowing the healing process.

Jones Fracture Prevention

You can avoid Jones fractures by wearing proper footwear, following proper exercise techniques, and avoiding uneven surfaces.