Jones Fracture

Jones fracture

Jones fracture is a fracture of the 5th metatarsal bone on the outside of the foot, which may occur through overuse, or following a severe ankle sprain.




Signs & symptoms

  • Breaking any bone is painful and with a Jones fracture sudden pain may be felt at the base of the 5th metatarsal or the long bone from your little toe to the middle area of your foot.
  • There will be tenderness at the point of injury on the outside of the foot.
  • The athlete will be unable to bear weight on the foot and a deformity is sometimes present.


An X-ray will be needed to help diagnose a Jones fracture.

Jones fracture x-ray


Jones fractures are often caused by turning the ankle over so the foot faces inwards and the foot points downwards (inversion). It may also be the result of overuse – especially repetitive impact on the outer foot. This fracture is often mistaken as an ankle sprain because of its location.


Jones fractures are identified with diagnostic X-rays.  Initial treatment usually means the patient will have to wear a cast for 6-8 weeks to immobilize the foot and prevent weight-bearing activity. If the fracture fails to heal then surgery to place plates and screws in the foot can be undertaken.

Often Surgeons will prefer to place a screw in the bones to hold them in place immediately rather than wait. Return to sport is shown to be quicker with this method of surgery (around 2 to 4 weeks) following an immediate fixation by putting a screw. However, this does make it more likely the individual to re-fracture the bone.

The time is taken to return to full training after a surgical fixation operation is around 8 weeks, although it is recommended for full healing to be seen on a radiographic image before full training is resumed.

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