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Anyone here ever had a Jones Fracture of the foot? If so did it heal fast, and properlly? Do you have any advice?
I broke my foot playing basketball, and the DR. told me I may never be able to play again, or do any strenuous athletic activity. He said that it is a break that doesn't heal very often, and even if it does, it may be painfull for the rest of my life.
 

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It depends really on if it was diagnosed correctly. Tuberosity avulsion fractures, and diaphyseal stress fractures are sometimes misdiagnosed as Jones Fractures. I'd have to see x rays to give you a better idea of what's up. Sometimes surgery is an option in the case of a displaced fracture. (the ends of the bone are spread apart and aren't lined up correctly) In this case they put a screw through the fracture site and just into the canal of the 5th metatarsal, pulling the bones together and aligning them properly to facilitate healing. There are also a couple other forms of fixation such as a bone graft or wiring a plate in. I am currently seeing a patient who had the screw put in about 6 months ago and he has developed significant scar tissue buildup around the surgery site, greatly limiting his range of motion. He is getting sent back to the states for another surgery to clean out some of the scar tissue and check the union of the fracture site.
If it is indeed a Jones Fracture you are looking at significant recovery time with or without surgery. If the bone chunks are close enough together to union without surgery your recovery time will be quicker, but you will still spend a good deal of time in physical therapy working on strength and range of motion and it is pretty unlikely that you will be 100% again. I have seen patients who were able to return to sports, though. Expect about the same with surgery, but with a longer recovery time and longer in physical therapy and a slightly decreased success rate.
 

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Are these fractures more likely to heel than a Jones Fracture? (Tuberosity avulsion fractures, and diaphyseal stress fractures) If so, what is the time period for heeling?
 

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It really varies. There are a lot of different factors that can affect recovery time. I really can't narrow it down without seeing xrays. Feet in general take a longer to heal because they are made up of so many tiny bones and the way the bones articulate during weight bearing activity. There's really no easy answer for this one. You Doc is going to be the best source for this information since he/she has seen your films and has a better understanding of your particular situation.
 

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OMG. A guy comes into a (sportbike!) internet forum looking for good medical advice, and FINDS IT. WTF is this world coming to. Oh, and nice work, Speed.
 

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Believe it or not SpeedJunky has given me more info on this injury than my local hospital. The idiots there told me I had 1 broken bone, and there are actually 2. I have to drive 60 miles to see an orthopedist that has any idea what he is talking about.
 
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