Diagnosing and Treating a Jones Fracture
If you are experiencing symptoms of a Jones fracture, you should schedule an appointment with one of the friendly foot doctors at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle right away for proper diagnosis and treatment. Jones fractures can be difficult to treat, so it is important to start as soon as possible.
To arrive at a diagnosis, we will ask how the injury occurred and when the pain started. We will also complete a thorough examination. X-rays will be ordered if a fracture is suspected. Because Jones fractures don't always appear on the initial X-ray, additional imaging studies may be required later.
Until you see one of our foot doctors, you can use the RICE method at home to provide some comfort and decrease the chances of further injury:
Stay off the injured foot, as walking and other activities could result in further injury.
Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20 minutes and then wait at least 40 minutes before icing again. Be sure to place a thin towel between the ice and your skin.
Use an elastic wrap to help control swelling.
Keep the foot raised slightly above heart level to reduce swelling.
After your evaluation, we may use one of these options for the treatment of a Jones fracture:
Depending on the severity of the injury, the foot is kept immobile with a cast, cast boot, or stiff-soled shoe. Crutches may also be needed to avoid placing weight on the injured foot.
A pain-free external device is used to speed the healing of some fractures. Bone stimulation may be used as part of the treatment or following an inadequate response to immobilization.
If the injury involves a displaced bone, multiple breaks, or has failed to adequately heal, surgery may be required. We will determine the type of procedure that is best suited to the individual patient.
Are You Suffering From A Jones Fracture In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?
If you're suffering from a Jones fracture you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!