If you have a mild Jones fracture, it is usually treated with a cast, splint, or a walking boot for six to eight weeks. This treatment is sufficient for 75 percent of these cases. We advise not to put weight on the injured foot until instructed so. However, if the fracture is acute, surgery may be needed.
Casting is usually all that is needed to treat a mild Jones fracture. You may be given NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain and swelling during the healing process. If the Jones fracture fails to heal correctly, it risks becoming a chronic condition. Jones fractures do not heal easily due to the lack of adequate blood supply to the area. For this reason, you may be required to wear a cast for up to twenty weeks so that the Jones fracture heals properly.
For athletes or those who have an acute Jones fracture, surgery may be required. We usually perform the surgery if your fracture is displaced, if it does not heal properly, or if your problem is chronic. We use a variety of devices to fixate a Jones fracture, including screws, bone plates, wires, or pins. Sometimes we may also use a bone stimulator to assist the bone healing. Your foot is then placed in a cast so that your bone is protected during the healing process.
In most cases, we can begin the rehabilitation process once the cast is removed, and you will gradually be able to resume your normal activities. Rehabilitation may take an additional two to three weeks. Your age may also play a role in healing time. Younger people are known to heal faster from bone injuries. If there is delayed healing, a bone stimulator may be used.