Jones fracture

Hi, I have a fracture of my 5th metatarsal. The ER doctor told me it was a Jones fracture and that I should be not put any weight on the foot. I followed up with the ortho and she said it wasn’t a Jones Fracture, but it wasn’t an avulsion fracture. She said it was right on the line between the two zones. I am in a walking cast, but I am still having pain. I was wondering if the prognosis is the same as an avulsion fracture or is the possibility of nonunion greater? Thanks.

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    Hello and thank you for the question. Without seeing your xray I cannot give my recommendation on whether it’s a Jones Fracture or avulsion fracture. I would however trust the Orthopedist over the ER doctor as this is their specialty. For an avulsion fracture a walking boot is sufficient and will take 6 – 8 weeks to heal. To have pain in the area is normal as you do have a fracture so I’d still limit your ambulation as much as possible. If you are concerned of a non-union then I’d limit your ambulation despite the walking boot as much as possible, however again I’d trust the recommendations of the Orthopedist and am sure it is a avulsion fracture.

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