A Jones fracture is a type of avulsion fracture that happens in the fifth bone of the foot – the one that connects the pinky toe to the rest of your foot. An avulsion fracture can be explained as a type of traumatic fracture injury that usually happens due to some kind of severe direct impact – and during an avulsion fracture, tendons or muscles are likely to snap a bone fragment of the injury, which causes a considerable amount of pain and discomfort.
Usually, Jones fractures take between six to eight weeks to heal, and they’re best immobilized in a cast for this period of time to prevent any further injuries and to ensure that it can set in the right way. If you suspect that you have a Jones fracture, you might show any of the symptoms mentioned in this article – and should seek medical attention for x-rays and treatment.
Here are 8 frequent symptoms of a Jones fracture.
1. Pain at the Foot’s Base
Pain is one of the most common symptoms that people with a sprain, break or fracture will experience – and it’s one of the first symptoms that should tell you to make a trip to the emergency room. Never ignore any persistent pain, even if you don’t experience any of the other associated symptoms on this list; it can still indicate a fracture even if pain is the only symptom out of these you experience – and even when it doesn’t indicate a Jones fracture, pain at the base of the foot will always have a treatable cause.
If you experience pain at the base of the foot, it’s more likely that you’re suffering from a Jones fracture rather than a sprain. Seeing a medical professional have the area x-rayed can help to establish the full extent of the injury ad the best way to treat it and is best done as soon as possible.