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Stephan J. LaPointe, DPM, PhD, FACFAS

Symptoms of a Jones Fractures

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Among the array of foot injuries, a Jones fracture demands rigorous attention. A Jones fracture, or avulsion fracture, occurs when a tendon or ligament forcefully pulls a small piece of bone away from the main bone. In the case of a Jones fracture, this typically occurs in the fifth metatarsal bone, which connects the pinky toe to the rest of the foot. This type of injury is often the result of a significant and direct impact, causing intense pain. Pain at the base of the foot is a primary symptom and should never be ignored, even if other symptoms are absent. Additionally, impaired movement of the little toe is common, though complete immobility may not always happen. Neglecting these symptoms can worsen the injury and may lead to surgery if the bone does not heal properly. Other signs to watch for with a Jones fracture can include impaired balance, swelling around the fifth metatarsal joint, and bruising around the little toe. Prompt medical attention from a podiatrist, including X-rays for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, is essential for effective healing and preventing long-term complications. If you suspect a Jones fracture or are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper evaluation and care. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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