Keeping Up with the Jones Fracture
Metatarsal fractures are common injuries of the forefoot. The Jones fracture, more specifically, is a common fracture of the fifth metatarsal. Generally, it is injured during inversion-type injuries, such as ankle sprains. Fractures to the fifth metatarsal may also occur from direct or crushing types of injuries, as well as from stress fractures.
A Jones fracture is usually caused by stress that’s placed across the bone when the heel is off the ground and the forefoot is planted. This type of fracture may also represent an old stress fracture, which has progressed to a complete fracture. A Jones fracture is significant because it occurs in an area where the blood supply to the bone is less than adequate, often resulting in healing problems.