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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May 18, 2016
Some good news NEW
by: Chris

I broke my right 5th metatarsal on the 3rd of April. I was playing football in the garden with my 6 year old son. I turned quickly and felt a serve pain on the right side of my foot. I'm a 35 year old male, about 6ft and around 100kg's. Could do with dropping 10kg's, but I'm generally fit and healthy.

I couldn't put any weight on it, so I went to A&E. An X-ray showed a undisplaced Jones Fracture. I was given a Gimp boot and told to come back in the morning. I attended Facture clinic the next day and was told to walk in the boot and come back in 3 weeks.

I'd spend a couple of hours on the Internet and challenged the fact that I was being told to use a boot with no crutches. The surgeon quoted Wolf's Law and said the partial weight bearing would help the bone repair. He also said I couldn't drive.

I live in the UK and have private healthcare, so a booked a seperate Private Appt. I had another X-ray on day 9, which showed no displacement and some early bone production. The Surgeon called it "Fuff". He reiterated all the advice I was given by the NHS, he added "If it hurts, stop doing it" he also gave me some exercises to do. We decided to cancel the 3 week NHS appt and I would see him again at 6 weeks post fracture.

I'm a Sales Manager, so normally travel a lot by car. I spent the next 2 weeks working from home and then used a combination of lifts, taxi's and trains to get around for the following 4 weeks. Always partial weight bearing on my Gimpy. I swam 3 times a week (front crawl) from 3 weeks and took paracetamol when required. I wasn't offered a bone stimulator either by the NHS or privately

I tried to be completely compliment, but like everyone I had a few bangs along the way, the worse was tripping over my Daughter at her 4th birthday party. I also had a couple of long days with work, with a lot of standing/walking. I always tried to take it very easy the day after one of those.

I had my check X-ray today (45 days post fracture). The bone is healing well, I have a callus formation around the break and tribeculae have started to form. He gave it a good prod and it didn't hurt at all. I can walk in normal shoes and start to cycle (I've already been out for a flat 5 mile ride in trainers, not cycling shoes). He said wait until 3 month to do any running and discharged me, saying any complications would be highly unlikely.

My foot's not perfect yet, because of the gimpy, my calf is weaker, thinner and stiff, but the foot/bone feels strong, I'm walking normally and driving again.

I wanted to write this straight away, because I've spent many hours on the Internet looking at Jones fracture stories over the last 6 weeks. I didn't find a single positive one and got pretty down about it all, even thought I was making good progress.

May 04, 2016
Jones fracture NEW
by: Discusted in Chicago

I must say, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy! I had my surgery mid Febuary, fractured 4th and 5 th metatarsal bones and small fracture to my ankle. Currently going to PT. not seeing any improvement . Still very painful and still lugging around the walker. Defiantly at my wits end with this. No one seems to know what is going on. I have an appointment with a podiatrist today. Hopefully he can shed some light on this issue! Surgeon seems to fluff it off, says if you don't want to use your walker... Then don't use it!?!? What kind of answer is that?

May 04, 2016
both feet broken not at same time NEW
by: Anonymous

hi all. I broke my left fifth metatarsal and had three screws put in. six weeks in cast then boot for two. week later I had jones fracture in right foot. surgery and cast for another six weeks. its now been five weeks after cast off. both feet hurt so bad I cant walk around for more than twenty min and im sitting down. pain now developing at jones fracture sight. I go back to doc tomorrow to recheck. if you see a mushroom cloud over Minnesota that means I need surgery again ha ha. good luck to you all.

Apr 05, 2016
Jones fracture NEW
by: Bubbaloozy

Danny-don't get too discouraged. My doc. says the bone stimulators really help. How long after your fracture did you have the surgery? Have you been nonweight bearing the entire time?

Apr 05, 2016
8 weeks post op NEW
by: Anonymous

I also had a screw put in 8 weeks ago. After 6 in a adjustable boot the doc told me 4 more. I was so depressed. I have been using the bone stimulator and I don't know if it really is doing anything. I have been using a knee walker the whole time and am able to work as a chef on wheels. I feel like Rosie from the Jetsons. (She had wheels and was fast) I now am concerned this injury will last a full year after reading some of the posts here. Time will tell, Danny

Mar 05, 2016
jfx
by: Bubbaloozy

Hi Chicago-
I would love to see your pics.Unfortunately,I am not on Facebook. I don't even have a cellphone-yeah, Im one of those dinosaurs! I only got the computer for my 50th b-day or else I probably wouldn't be here either! I'll see if my daughter would mind if you sent them to her FB.She's right nextdoor so I could see them quickly.
I'm going to call the surgeons office to see if they can get me in SOONER,based on what you've told me. The podiatrist is putting me in a plaster cast to my knee on Tuesday-@!#$%%!*!! Really not looking forward to it!
Thanks for staying in touch. Keep healing!


Mar 04, 2016
Jones fracture
by: Discusted in chicago

Bubbalozzy are you on face book if so I can im you my photos of this foot mess .

Mar 04, 2016
Jones fx
by: Bubbaloozy

Hi Chicago-
Haha-there must be a longer delay between some of these replies as they seem to be over-lapping.I hear ya on the shoe thing-I have big feet to begin with(11-12 not kidding..thank God for Zappos!)so shoes are always a problem.Now I may have to go with ugly ones?? That stinks! Although I would wear flippers if the dr.said I could walk in them :)

Mar 04, 2016
Jones fracture
by: discusted in chicago

Dear Bubbalozzy, not sure what he called my issue other than fractured 4th and 5th metatarsal bones and ankle on left foot. He wanted my surgery done asap so it would heal properly. I do know I have pins/ screws/ plate. I hope all goes well for you. I took my knee scooter back yesterday and I got a different walking device. Not sure what's it's called. LOL try to get in to see the surgeon sooner. Then the healing can begin.

Mar 04, 2016
Jones
by: Bubbaloozy

Disgusted-
Wow!! So glad to hear you are coming along so well. I can't even get in with the surgeon 'til 3/25-then will have to wait for the surgery. I am NERVOUS!! I am (was) very active-restaurant business etc. I am 55 but in decent shape so am hopeful. It appears that I have a nondisplaced,oblique Jones fracture of the left foot. Is that similar to your injury? I just ordered a knee scooter and am looking forward to less crutch time when it arrives. Please keep me posted on your progress. I'm hoping for the best for you!!!!!

Mar 04, 2016
Jones fracture
by: Disgusted in Chicago

I think I put my name in the wrong field on here. It's saying anonymous . But I'm the real discusted in Chicago

Mar 04, 2016
Disgusted in chicago
by: Anonymous

Dear Bubaloozy, I fell Feb 3, was at emergency first thing in the morning Feb 4 . I saw the orthopedic surgeon Feb 8 and I had surgery the following week. I just went back to work this week. I worked Thursday and today, However a co worker picked me up and gave me a ride home. I did drive today around town. BUT can't get out of the car and get my scooter and go in a store etc. but I did drive today ! Can't stand the crutches not a big fan of the scooter or walker! I just need to walk on my own! Opposed to crawling and hopping all over the place! And I just hope I can wear the shoes I normally wear! I'm not going to like wearing flat or ugly shoes. And yes I was active... Laying and sitting on the couch watching tv and playing games on my phone got old weeks ago! Are you having the surgery done?

Mar 04, 2016
Disgusted in Chicago
by: Anonymous

I had my surgery, was in a cast for two weeks, then this past Tuesday I did get the big ugly black walking boot. It's always on even when I sleep. In two weeks I go back , hopefully I will get the go ahead to be able to walk with the boot on. He said I should be able to since the x- Ray showed it was healing fine. If he says no I may have to kick him with boot! So over not being able to walk! Also I had my surgery one week after I fell. It was incredibly swollen to do it any sooner. Quite an ordeal. I would post before and after photos, but don't think I can on here.

Mar 04, 2016
jones frax
by: Bubbaloozy

Hi Disgusted in Chicago-how are you making out since surgery? How long did you have your injury before you decided on surgery? Are you very active before the injury?

Mar 04, 2016
jfx
by: Bubbaloozy

Dear Disgusted in Chicago-
how did your surgery go? What did you have done?
I'm reading different things about pins,screws,plates etc. I am hoping for the best for you!!!!!I am new to this and already plenty worried.

Mar 04, 2016
Jones fracture
by: Bubbaloozy

I am interested to know how some of you are doing now. Kevin,it's been a couple of years-how are you???
Nurse JLC,you are very good at making me hopeful too!!
I was just injured w/Jones and feel pretty discouraged :(

Feb 15, 2016
Up coming surgery
by: Disgusted in Chicago

I'm a 54 year old woman, having surgery on my foot this week.
Jones fracture. Not real encouraged by what I am reading. Doesn't sound like my foot will ever be back to normal any time soon!😡

Mar 25, 2014
JONES RECOVERY
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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