Previously there was a lot of talk about Dez Bryant’s injury in a game against the New York Giants. Dez Bryant is a star wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys who suffered a Jones fracture during a game.
Keeping the foot healthy and in tip top shape is essential for any athlete. After all, it is responsible for supporting most of the movements performed by athletes. An injury however small, can spell the end of an athlete’s career. Consult a podiatrist for any signs of chronic foot pain. The doctors of Long Island Foot and Ankle Group are podiatrists who specialize in helping in helping people with chronic foot pain and other types of foot conditions.
What is a Jones fracture?
A Jones fracture is an injury to the base of the fifth metatarsal. Jones fracture is caused by a twisting injury to the foot. Other causes also include trauma, overuse, and repetitive stress. It is also mistaken as a sprain.
What are the symptoms of Jones fracture?
Many times patients describe having symptoms that include:
- Sharp stabbing pain on the outside of the foot
- Pain while walking
- Tenderness to the touch
Visible signs will appear after an injury has been sustained. If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical treatment immediately. You need to stop whatever you are doing and talk to your doctor. Your doctor will do a physical exam and will ask you questions regarding the activities that you are doing when you hurt your foot. He will then perform an x-ray to diagnose the fracture and to see the extent of your injury.
What are the treatments for Jones fracture?
- The first step is to rest and to prevent movement in the foot. Apply ice to the injured part as well.
- Immobilization in a cast. Patients are not allowed to put weight on the injured foot until it heals.
- You may be given anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain and the swelling during the healing period.
Jones fracture will take 6 to 8 weeks to heal in a splint, cast, or walking boot. After this period of time, rehab will begin that will last from 2 to 3 weeks. Surgery is usually performed when the injury is severe. Implementations of screws, wires, bone plates, and pins are included in the surgery. Use crutches, walking boot, or splint at all times unless you are resting. Increase your intake of vitamin C and calcium.
To help prevent a Jones fracture
- Wear appropriate shoes for the activity.
- Using proper training techniques.
- Avoid running on uneven surfaces.
At Long Island Foot and Ankle Group with offices located in Valley Stream and Lake Success, we specialize in helping people with foot fractures. To schedule an appointment phone Valley Stream (516) 825-4070 or Lake Success (516) 327-0074.