Question - Recovery (Jones Fracture)

by Greg A
(NY, NY)

I am 26, and eager to get back into shape. My Jones fracture is 8.5 weeks old (landed on someone's foot playing basketball). I did not have any surgery. My 5.5 week xrays displayed positive progress (a little better than par), and I am now walking with a boot for about 3 weeks (2 of which were with crutches). Can you recommend a few rehab options (i.e. stationary bike, etc...)?

Thanks,
Greg

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Mar 25, 2014
JONES RECOVERY NEW
by: KEVIN

THANKS NURSEjlc. went t P.T. THIS MORNING NO PAIN DOING WHAT THEY TELL ME. THEY ARE GOING TO CAST ME FOR OTHOTICS ON THURSDAY TO HELP WITH MY PER CAVUS FOOT. LOOKED ON LINE AT NEW BALANCE SHOES. SEEMS THE MODEL 928 IS A STURDY WALKING SHOE THAT CAN ACCOMADATE ORTHOTICS, I WILL LOOK IN TO THEM. STILL HOPEFUL THIS WILL HEAL, BUT REAL MENTAL DRAIN WITH SLOW PROGRESS. THANKS AGAIN. KEVIN.

Mar 25, 2014
Kevin NEW
by: Nurse JLC

I was 51 when I fell @ work ( nurse) am now 55 still working. I am not a small woman and my foot is generally pain free- aches when snow or rain is forecast. Relieved by some arthritis balm. My only other suggestion is wear good fitting shoes- my ortho recommends New Balance shoes. I think it helps to know someone who has been in situation- keep in touch- jlcar58@hotmail.com

Mar 25, 2014
Kevin NEW
by: Nurse JLC

I was 51 when I fell @ work ( nurse) am now 55 still working. I am not a small woman and my foot is generally pain free- aches when snow or rain is forecast. Relieved by some arthritis balm. My only other suggestion is wear good fitting shoes- my ortho recommends New Balance shoes. I think it helps to know someone who has been in situation- keep in touch- jlcar58@hotmail.com

Mar 25, 2014
HEALING TIME NEW
by: KEVIN

HELLO NURSE jlc.THANKS FOR THE REPLY. DOC ALREADY HAD ME WALKING FULL WEIGHT BEARING FOR THE LAST FEW WEEKS. HE NOW WANTS ME TO START WEENING MYSELF FROM BOOT TO MY SHOEA LITTLE EACH DAY. BEEN GOING TO P.T. 3 DAYS A WEEK AND USING RECUMBANT BIKE WITH MY SHOE, NO BOOT. EVERYTHING FEELS GOOD, NO PAIN. EVERYTHING I HAVE READ ABOUT HAVING THE SCREW PUT IN WAS TO MAKE FOR SHORTER HEALING, AND REDUCE CHANCE OF REFRACTURE. DOC SAYS WOLFS LAW IS TO PUT STRESS ON THE BONE TO HELP IT HEAL. VERY LEARY TO TRY SHOE BUT DOCTORS ORDERS. VRY DOWN AFTER YESTERDAYS APPT AND SEEING X-RAYS. I AM 56 YRS OLD, SO I GUESS IT MAY TAKE LONGER TO HEAL. THANKS FOR THE REPLY. KEVIN.

Mar 24, 2014
Kevin NEW
by: Nurse jlc

My total healing was 5 months, it was a VERY long summer that year! Hope you have good news next appointment and just try to divert ur attention away from foot. Eat healthy- lots of protein & do what doctors say as far as limiting weight bearing on foot so u don't interfere with bone mending.

Mar 24, 2014
Kevin NEW
by: Nurse jlc

My total healing was 5 months, it was a VERY long summer that year! Hope you have good news next appointment and just try to divert ur attention away from foot. Eat healthy- lots of protein & do what doctors say as far as limiting weight bearing on foot so u don't interfere with bone mending.

Mar 24, 2014
Kevin NEW
by: Nurse jlc

My total healing was 5 months, it was a VERY long summer that year! Hope you have good news next appointment and just try to divert ur attention away from foot. Eat healthy- lots of protein & do what doctors say as far as limiting weight bearing on foot so u don't interfere with bone mending.

Mar 24, 2014
JONES FRACTURE SURGERY NEW
by: Anonymous

I HAD SURGERY 11 WEEKS AGO FOR MY JONES FRACTURE. SCREW WAS PUT IN AND WAS IN CAST NWB FOR 5 WEEKS. HAVE BEEN IN CAM BOOT SINCE CAST REMOVED. TODAYS X-RAYS SHOW VERY LITTLE HEALING. I THOUGHT HAVING THE SCREW PUT IN WOULD EXPEDITE HEALING. DOC SAID NOT UNCOMMON FOR THIS INJURY, BUT VERY DEPRESSED ABOUT WHAT X-RAYS SHOWED TODAY. HAS ANYBODY ELSE TAKEN THIS LONG TO HEAL AFTER HAVING SURGERY? COULD USE SOME GOOD NEWS. KEVIN.

Mar 01, 2011
Marcy
by: Nurse JLC

I too live in a very small home and used a desk chair with no arms to roll everywhere possible. I used crutches to manage in my bedroom and my dresser is beside the bed so I'd slide down to the foot of the bed, then use my crutches to go sideways into the hall or bathroom. I found it difficult to use a walker or wheelchair or "knee walker" in the house. I wish you the best of luck with healing and keeping from going "nuts" while laid-up. My reclyner and DVR were my best friends, I also made 8 baby sweaters while sitting around, and lost 15 lbs cause I didn't feel like getting up to eat inbetween meals. LOL

Mar 01, 2011
jones fx
by: nurse jlc

My recovery from Jones fx took exactly 5 months to full return to nursing job. I was 51yrs old at the time and no weight bearing for a total of 3 months. I was told younger patients tend to not have quick healing because it is a fx that heals slowly and tends to re fracture with weight bearing.Most young people don't listen to dr orders strictly. I did have a screw placed after first 4 weeks with no wt bearing. My best advice is listen to your ortho dr and be patient. I am now almost 1 yr from fx day and only have a slight burning feeling in my outer foot when the weather is changing. I am a "large' woman and on my feet 90% of my workday as a nurse in skilled geriatric facility.

Feb 27, 2011
Jones Fracture - alternative to non wt bearing
by: Marcy

I have just sustained a Jones fracture. The doctor has said absolutely no weight bearing for at least four weeks. I have a very small house and have to hop sideways to get into most of my rooms. Has anyone every been prescribed a walking removable orthopaedic shoe?

Jun 03, 2010
my jones' fx
by: nurse jlc

I fell at work (nurse) and Jones resulted. 6 weeks in cast, surgery today for screw placement. I have also been using Bone stimulator (ultrasound) daily. No pain but very limited activity and no wt bearing. Will keep you posted.

May 10, 2010
Re-fracture??
by: Anonymous

how did you re-fracture your foot? I am on week 9 of crutches only. Tomorrow I find out if i can begin walking.

Mar 02, 2010
jones fracture
by: Anonymous

This might not work for everyone but the following can help in the recovery of a jones fracture.
taking vitamin supplement.
stop alcohol consumption
stop smoking
pay attention to your diet eat healthily
do something that makes you happier help someone with something you can do.
be positive- its easy to say but it would make a huge impact.
regular/ daily ice compression to keep swelling down.
raise your both feet for 10 minutes or more to get rid of the fluids and boost circulation.
if agreed by your doctor carry on with gentle exercises.
I pray to God for everyone's speedy recovery. i kow how hard it is as I am recovering from a re-fracture of jones fracture. im trying hard to stay positive. good luck to all of you.

Jul 23, 2009
Jones Fracture
by: Anonymous

I rolled my foot while playing mini golf (hello!!!) on May 10th and sustained a Jones Fracture. It was operated on straight way and a screw placed to try to join the bones or at least keep them in line. However 6 weeks after no bone growth was apparent, and I am waitng till the 31st to find out at my next appointment, if there is any change. If there is no change, i will have to have a bone graft. I have been non-weight bearing 100% crutches all this time. Has anyone had a bone graft done?? What is the recovery?? How longish till I can walk??

Jul 15, 2009
Another way to get a jump on rehab
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately my Jones is not healing so I am rounding out week 11 of 100% crutches. About a week ago I bought a turning leg caddy (sometimes called roll about or knee walker). This way I can work the thigh above the injured foot. This also transfers the weight off the uninjured foot and ankle. The best part is that it is a lot more fun than crutches and has increased my mobility significantly.

May 06, 2008
Swimming...
by: Bart - SII

I think that you are a great candidate for swimming/aquatic activities. This would be a great way to work on cardiovascular endurance as well as general body strengthening.

You are still a couple weeks away from being able to do a whole lot of "rehab" for the ankle/foot, but swimming, if available would be a great way to start to get back into shape.

Other than that, a stationary bike, arc trainer, elliptical, or recumbant bike might all be ok as well. I would talk to your PT or physician for the official "ok" first though.

Hope this helps - comment back with other questions.


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