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Old 7th November 2011, 05:35 PM
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I have been reading the threads related to the "Jones Fracture" as I happily have one. Thanks "Foot Doc" for all of your advice and information, although it would seem that there have been those who did not appreciate it as much as they should! The most important general suggestion that I can give, being one that makes a great deal of use of various message boards is that many times you will find the information that you desire/need if you just read though all the posts..........................................
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Old 8th November 2011, 03:34 AM
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I have a Jones fracture about 5-6 weeks old. Doc told me no wt bearing at all and I
tried but didn't follow orders completely, needing to work, etc. Today I went back and saw
x-ray and the fracture space is larger and doc did not sound optimistic altho he advised continuing boot and no weight bearing. He also said surgery may be necessary. I am wondering if a fracture which has enlarged has any real chance of healing if I am more careful? Anyone have this experience? I don't know if I should wait another month to see what happens and then end up having surgery anyway? Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 9th November 2011, 03:22 AM
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I am new to this board. My Jones Fracture "saga" is detailed here:

http://www.foot-health-forum.com/for...6&postcount=43

I had a 5th metatarsal fracture 21 years ago (doc didn't call it "Jones" then but was in same location on my other foot), when I was in my 20's. I didn't need surgery and healed up completely in 16 weeks (6 weeks in a cast, f/b 6 weeks in hard shoe, f/b 6 weeks no athletics).

This time around (injury at age 48) it's been much more devastating. My mgmt at work must think I am milking this or lying because it just refuses to heal!! Anyway, check out my story (linked above) and let me know if you have any insights. The biggest challenge has simply been morale, and maintaining my marriage and job.
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I have a Jones fracture about 5-6 weeks old. Doc told me no wt bearing at all and I
tried but didn't follow orders completely, needing to work, etc. Today I went back and saw
x-ray and the fracture space is larger and doc did not sound optimistic altho he advised continuing boot and no weight bearing. He also said surgery may be necessary. I am wondering if a fracture which has enlarged has any real chance of healing if I am more careful? Anyone have this experience? I don't know if I should wait another month to see what happens and then end up having surgery anyway? Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Grancyanne,
You didn't state your age, but my feeling is that at this point the surgery is your best option if you can do it. You should have been put in a cast for at least 6 weeks and have had NO weight bearing whatsoever. I think that would have gotten you on the road to healing. But that didn't happen, and at this point the fracture crevice has widened.

I am not a doctor (just a mechanical engineer who has lived thru HELL with this fracture), but I've read a couple of articles about how bone that hasn't healed develops a hardening or localized schlerosis (sp?) at the fracture site, making it that much more difficult to get it to knit. This phenomenon is made worse with screws if the screw happens to break (my current problem). I've also noticed that my healing progress while wearing a cast was much better than when switched to a cam boot.

So get the surgery done asap. Get the proper type of shoulder screw so that the bone pieces will pull together as the screw is tightened (my doctor used a fully-threaded screw that did not effectively close the fracture site). Do the P.T., and you should be back in action within 2 to 3 months (don't push it!). Pay the price now, don't stretch it out. Not doing what you were supposed to do to begin with has only prolonged your recovery, but despite my saga I am still convinced the surgery is the best way to go.

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People are looking for any answer to the troubles they are having with aggravating injuries. Maybe they are trying to find someone with a common affliction. I have myself have previously written in this domain.
I have a 4 month old avulsion fracture at the base of the 5th metatarsal. It has turned into a non-union. A fibrous non-union to be exact. I have finally found a podiatrist worth a hoot and I will have surgery on it next week. Plate and screw.
I searched the internet compulsively looking for any reason my foot was still bothering me at 3 months, while the orthopedic said the x-ray showed bone growth and physical therapists were telling me not to walk with a limp. It was still fractured! I had said to the ortho on my last visit "could this be a fibrous union". The ortho said "yep its possible we need to do an MRI. Do you wanna get one". Yes please I said.
I have never had any answers provided to me here in this forum. It was going on the internet and learning about the Torg Classification of 5th metatarsal fractures and ordering articles off the American Journal of Orthopedics website and digging through as much as I could find that I have learned anything about my injury.
The thing that has helped me the most is finding a great podiatrist. He answered all my questions and gave me much more in 40 minutes then I got in 3 months. You would like to be able to trust a doctor with your injuries but if you are not getting your questions answered, pull the trigger and get another Dr.
Listening to other people talk about what they went through to get back on track doesn't mean thats whats its gonna take for you to get back. Write a list of questions down and ask your doctor all of them.
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I'm 48, 6'2": X ray shows that I have a " non displaced traverse fracture involving the proximal diaphysis of the fifth metatarsal consistent w/ Jones fracture. There is no evidence of dislocation or arthritis.". Can you translate this for me? My basic understanding is that I have a stress fracture, even though I don't run, not a soldier, etc; that I have a broken bone in my Right foot that's luckily aligned, and to stay off of it for 4 weeks. My foot had been hurting, tight, was limping to avoid straining muscles, tendons, ligaments, not sure what they are but they were tight and didn't want to be stretchedz. Ortho doc put me in a black cast that I can take on and off. (I had a molded cast in Japan that was much nicer, for a vascular Charlie Horse kind of thing, Rt Calf, another story.). BTW, I had a compound fracture of my Rt shin in 1982, plates in, osteomyelitis, plates out, healed, now usu walk and swim with no problem. I'm getting a bone density scan tomorrow, Dexa. Primary Care Doc wanted this. Assuming no osteoporosis, what's the average length of time to heal and be able to walk again? 4 weeks seems short to me. in general, should people with Jones fracture not move the foot at all, even to gently take the cast off and change a stinky sock? I'm not asking for medical advice or treatment guidance, but general information that will help me better understand this situation. Thank you. Great forum.
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Old 2nd February 2012, 06:34 AM
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Take notes, guy and gals, 'cause THIS is a fine example how a non-doctor's response in a medical forum SHOULD be made. The comments represented an individual situation which is NOT atypical, although the poster did not attempt to convince others that it necessarily represents other than that individuals experience or that he/she has experience in the matter which exceeds that one individual case. And finally . . excellent advice about what to do if one is not sure, rather than soliciting specific case-related problems in a forum to those who cannot possibly know the nuances of a case.

Thank you for your appropriate and helpful post.
Foot Doc, You Rock! I appreciated your response to the :/$% guy who used expletives in his posting. For those of us who are posted up on the couch, surfing the web, looking for information, we need a site like this.

How do people, if they were so inclined, hit you with a contribution to maintain this site? PayPal for example, or Google Wallet?
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I'm 48, 6'2": X ray shows that I have a " non displaced traverse fracture involving the proximal diaphysis of the fifth metatarsal consistent w/ Jones fracture. There is no evidence of dislocation or arthritis.". Can you translate this for me? My basic understanding is that I have a stress fracture, even though I don't run, not a soldier, etc; that I have a broken bone in my Right foot that's luckily aligned, and to stay off of it for 4 weeks. My foot had been hurting, tight, was limping to avoid straining muscles, tendons, ligaments, not sure what they are but they were tight and didn't want to be stretchedz. Ortho doc put me in a black cast that I can take on and off. (I had a molded cast in Japan that was much nicer, for a vascular Charlie Horse kind of thing, Rt Calf, another story.). BTW, I had a compound fracture of my Rt shin in 1982, plates in, osteomyelitis, plates out, healed, now usu walk and swim with no problem. I'm getting a bone density scan tomorrow, Dexa. Primary Care Doc wanted this. Assuming no osteoporosis, what's the average length of time to heal and be able to walk again? 4 weeks seems short to me. in general, should people with Jones fracture not move the foot at all, even to gently take the cast off and change a stinky sock? I'm not asking for medical advice or treatment guidance, but general information that will help me better understand this situation. Thank you. Great forum.
Sir I am only a year older than you. I can share a couple of general observations:
1) Do NOT expect things to go ANYTHING like they did in 1982. You are much older now and your physical body just doesn't heal like it used to.
2) Given the "non-displaced"/"transverse" description of your fracture, I cannot believe just 4 weeks of inactivity will cut it. When I was a young 26 and had a similar injury on my right foot it required 6 to 8 weeks in a cast, 6 more weeks in a stiff shoe, and then 6 more weeks of no athletics/running.
3) Everyone is different, and your story will no doubt vary from mine. Therefore you need to find a doctor who can clarify these things for you. But like you, I am not a runner or soldier yet developed stress fracture symptoms in my left foot prior to stepping on it awkwardly and exploding with pain. My new/current doctor blamed my basic foot shape (called it "hindfoot Varus") for excess loading of that part of my foot, which likely led to a stress fracture in that area. And which is also to blame for my non-healing now (see my story linked above).

Unless you want to end up like me (and still be disabled a year after your fracture diagnosis), you should take a more conservative approach with your recovery. I just don't think 4 weeks will ensure 100% healing for you, given your age and non-traumatic conditions that precipitated the injury. But I am not a doctor and only a GOOD doctor who is seeing you live and in person can make the call. So I recommend you get a second opinion from another doctor. Call a physical therapist you trust and get a recommendation. Don't waste any more time, do it now!

BTW, my primary care dr ordered a bone scan. Felt like a woman going into that place, but got it done and the results were perfectly normal. SO that was a dead end.
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Hello- Please Help
-I am an elite level basketball player who has been out for almost 6 weeks from the dreaded Jones' Fracture. I have an exogen bone healer- been using it everyday. My team is about to head into play-offs next week and this is my 5th year of basketball at UNiversity- this is my LAST chance to play. I have been walking on my foot in supportive shoes as my podiatrist says this can stimulate bone healing to stress the area a bit. I have no pain, just a little achyness from time to time.
Is is possible for me to play in our last 4-5 games (we want to win nationals in Canada).? I fully understand that premature return can result in greater damages- however, this is extremely important to me. I want and need to play for my team. Can anyone tell me their experience?
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I just joined the Jones club this Sunday. I was pulling nails out of a pile of landscaping ties that I wanted to reuse in the back yard when I slipped and somehow whacked the left side of my left foot on one of the ties. It hurt like the devil but I didn't think I had broken anything, just bruised it. There was some pain. Maybe 3 out of 10 but I could walk on it. I carried on and even went to work on Monday. By Tuesday morning my foot was swollen and purple so I took it down to the local hospital where they confirmed my membership in the club. Next day I met with an orthopedic surgeon who gave me the rules about leaving the club. Number one was just put a cat on it and hope for the best. Not recommended. Number two was treat it with a removable cast and ultrasound every day for six to eight weeks. Better, but I would have to buy the ultrasound machine. $2500. Number three was let him fix it properly with a pin and this was his recommendation. I have a date with him in the OR this Monday or Tuesday, yet to confirmed by the OR booking desk. After that he says six weeks off it. Luckily I have six months of accumulated sick leave at work and a good woman who doesn't mind waiting on my every whim.
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I sustained a Jones Fracture about six weeks ago. I have been reading a lot of these posts and realize these things don't like to heal but do they ever heal in 6-8 weeks? My doctor informed me to be good and for the most part have been. I go back to the doctor in a weeks time. Is there any hope that it will just be healed?
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I sustained a Jones Fracture about six weeks ago. I have been reading a lot of these posts and realize these things don't like to heal but do they ever heal in 6-8 weeks? My doctor informed me to be good and for the most part have been. I go back to the doctor in a weeks time. Is there any hope that it will just be healed?
Depends a LOT on your age - if you are in your 20's I'd say maybe you have a chance, just don't expect to be 100% yet. If you are older, then your chances of healing diminish in that amount of time. Just my opinion. Everyone's different.
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I am new to this board. My Jones Fracture "saga" is detailed here:

http://www.foot-health-forum.com/for...6&postcount=43

I had a 5th metatarsal fracture 21 years ago (doc didn't call it "Jones" then but was in same location on my other foot), when I was in my 20's. I didn't need surgery and healed up completely in 16 weeks (6 weeks in a cast, f/b 6 weeks in hard shoe, f/b 6 weeks no athletics).

This time around (injury at age 48) it's been much more devastating. My mgmt at work must think I am milking this or lying because it just refuses to heal!! Anyway, check out my story (linked above) and let me know if you have any insights. The biggest challenge has simply been morale, and maintaining my marriage and job.
So after an initial injury date of 2/18/2011 (at age 48), I was FINALLY able to walk again in March 2012!! How? Here is my timeline:
- Initial injury was 2/18, non-weight-bearing (NWB) for 8 weeks, didn't heal
- Had surgery to insert screw on 5/2/12.
- Was cleared to walk on 7/12/12 and sent to PT, foot still swollen, but getting better each day
- In August, foot began hurting MORE rather than less.
- In agony by September, x-ray showed foot was RE-FRACTURED and the screw was broken within the bone!
- I switched Drs. New doctor said surgery would be very intrusive and reconstructive since would have to tear 5th Metatarsal apart to remove both screw pieces, recommended NWB for 3 months to see if it would heal first.
- On 12/5/11, Dr. said it looked "50:50, could go either way" (he saw some healing, I felt NO better). So he said "Let's give it 3 more months and see what happens!" (3 MORE months NWB for a total of SIX freakin' months on a scooter/cart).
- Finally on 3/5/12, Dr. said the bone was "mostly healed" (around the screw pieces, never needed that intrusive surgery after all), but still have a large bone mass to deal with at fracture site. Dr. prescribed (expensive) soft orthotics, which he Dremeled to take load/stress off 5th-meta Fx site. I am wearing regular shoes now, but with the orthotic inserts. I lost 31 pounds since Sept 2011 (from 224 to 193), so was feeling pretty good too.

So here I am on 4/6/12 (almost 14 months post-injury) and just last week I felt like it was FINALLY getting a little better, altho my walking is still gimpy after 6 months NWB (and let's face it I am a little paranoid after being told I could walk in July only to re-break this thing!). Today (Good Friday), I decided to repair my pressure washer and then wash the car and change the spark plugs and my foot is now moderately painful and definitely more swollen than this morning. I don't think I've re-broken it but pushed it too much. Will have to take it easy the rest of the 3-day weekend and go with elevate and ice. I really wonder if this will EVER end...
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i was diagnosed with a jones fracture 6 weeks ago. i recently had my cast removed and i have not put any weight on it since the injury. the doctor told me to put 30% weight on the foot and exercise my ankle. the crack in the bone is still visible but the doctor said that the bone is slowly starting to fuse together. i was just wondering how exactly is putting weight on the foot going to help the healing process? should i wait a week or two before i start bearing weight on the foot or go ahead and start? what are the benefits of doing this? any info would be great. thanks.
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i was diagnosed with a jones fracture 6 weeks ago. i recently had my cast removed and i have not put any weight on it since the injury. the doctor told me to put 30% weight on the foot and exercise my ankle. the crack in the bone is still visible but the doctor said that the bone is slowly starting to fuse together. i was just wondering how exactly is putting weight on the foot going to help the healing process? should i wait a week or two before i start bearing weight on the foot or go ahead and start? what are the benefits of doing this? any info would be great. thanks.


i'm with you on this one! i was diagnosed with a jones fracture in january, have been nwb ever since and was told at my appt last week that i can start putting weight on it next week. i've seen the xray and he pointed out that part of the bone was bridging but part of it hadn't yet (11 or so weeks in). after he told me i would be able to put 25% of my weight on it he told me that if it starts to hurt or i hear a popping noise to come back in.. POPPING?? as in the bone rebreaking?? i'm planning on going to see my family dr in a few days just to get her oppinion as well but, was wondering if anyone else had been told that too? to just walk on it and hope for the best? that worries me a bit...
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I sustained a Jones Fracture a while ago and have a Dr. appt this upcoming Friday. Friday will be just short of 7 full weeks since the injury. I was very good about nwb for the first five weeks but have kinda been cheating since. I started slowly and limped heavily at first when I would do things like go to the bathroom. A week after starting to cheat I find myself walking without a limp, other than the forced limp from the boot, with virtually no pain or discomfort. So basically, I can walk on my foot with no pain while in the boot. I'm not walking at all without the boot on so I don't know what that would be like. Am I shooting myself in the foot by walking on it or is the lack of pain a good sign? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12th April 2012, 09:46 PM
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I sustained a Jones Fracture a while ago and have a Dr. appt this upcoming Friday. Friday will be just short of 7 full weeks since the injury. I was very good about nwb for the first five weeks but have kinda been cheating since. I started slowly and limped heavily at first when I would do things like go to the bathroom. A week after starting to cheat I find myself walking without a limp, other than the forced limp from the boot, with virtually no pain or discomfort. So basically, I can walk on my foot with no pain while in the boot. I'm not walking at all without the boot on so I don't know what that would be like. Am I shooting myself in the foot by walking on it or is the lack of pain a good sign? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
Hi,

Is your Jones fx nondisplaced? How did it look on the films? Are you also using crutches?

While I've read these fractures should be NWB for 6-8 weeks, my doctors gave me a post-op shoe ONE week after my Jones fx (nondisplaced) and told me to try to walk on it while bearing 15 Kgs of weight (foot/leg still casted, of course). They said that putting a small bit of weight on it will stimulate bone healing. I did as instructed and haven't had any pain (which I'm also guessing is a good sign). The idea behind it is something called Wolff's Law, where a bone will adapt to the loads it's placed under and strengthen under pressure.

Anyway, I was back at the hospital three weeks after (one month post fx), and the x-ray showed signs of healing (fractured area was opaque and filling in -- VERY good sign), but not enough to lose the cast. So they said I had to remain casted another month. I'm now six weeks post fx and I've got two weeks more to go. I've been placing a wee bit more weight on it as well, but not ALL, and also ONLY in the boot. I still use the crutches, too, and I keep it elevated when I'm sitting. Hopefully, it will be healed well enough in two weeks to remove the cast *fingers & toes x'd*

What you're experiencing sounds good, but it would be interesting to see the x-rays at this point. Let us know what happens.

All the best to you.
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Old 26th April 2012, 07:20 AM
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Hello Fellow Jones's,
It seems I fell for exclusive membership in this club. I managed to walked right off the side of a porch. About 4 ft later, I knew I had broken my foot! No and's if's or but's about it! And for the record, no alcohol or illicit drugs were involved.

I am a 54 year old female who took a very expensive ride though Ft. Lauderdale in an ambulance; spoiling my vacation. The ER doctor told me I had a Jones Fracture. He put a splint on my foot and gave me crutches with instructions to see an orthopedic doctor and ... NWB. I did not realize how bad this was until 2 weeks had went by when I saw an orthopedic specialist who then sent me to see his partner; the orthopedic surgeon.
I was then told I have a couple of fractures the Jones Fracture being the worst. I was given the option of a long recovery time and hoping it healed or surgery. I decided to wait and see if it could heal itself mostly because by the time they could get to me for surgery I would have 4 weeks behind me. I am at 4 weeks now and wondering if I made the right choice. Although the surgeon told me that I could put weight on my Booted foot as tolerated. My foot can not tolerate any weight! I see the doctor in 3 more weeks to see if there is any signs of the bone knitting. Any advise or words of encouragement would be appreciated! My prayers include my new club members, please include me in yours!
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Old 29th April 2012, 04:15 AM
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I've had a Jones fracture for almost 4 weeks now. I've been NWB for most of that time, although it took us 2 weeks to figure out what was wrong. I was actually sent home after the second x-ray, told it wasn't broken, then called back the next morning and told not to put weight on it. In the interim, I figured I was just being a wimp and tried to weight bear a little. Then I went back in and got a partial cast followed a week later with an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon who gave me a boot cast. It took me a few days to get my foot to cooperate with the boot because it was a different position than my foot had been in for the last few weeks.

Its still a bit sore, its never been very painful. I'm also a teacher, but I've gone back to work. At least then I'm busy enough not to fuss over my foot all day. I'm getting pretty good at the crutches thing and I'm being very careful not to put weight on it.


I find sometimes it feels a bit swollen and weird. Last night, I woke up to a leg cramp. I'm trying to keep a positive mind set, take my vitamins, eat healthy, stay hydrated and remember that there are far worse things that could happen.

Very sad that I'm going to spend the summer not able to do the things I love no matter whether my next appt at 7 months ends in surgery or if its starting to heal on my own and I have to stay off it for another 2 months anyways.

At least I should be hopefully functional by next school year.
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Hi Foot Doc- I have my second Jones Fracture in 6 years. First on my left foot, That took 5 months non weight bearing in both cast and a boot; finally clearance of the fracture being fully healed was 9 months later. My newest fracture (jones), is the right foot - that bone is in 3 pieces. The fracture happened 3 weeks ago. The jones fracture is a complete fracture, but all bones aligned. They thought I'd heal without surgery but of course will take time.

I got a new cast put on yesterday as my first one was too big after all the shrinkage from swelling. When the PA was putting the cast on he was really pressing hard on my foot and positioning it for a recast. I tell you it felt like it was breaking. Now I'm a bit concered as I didnt have pain before ( pain from break was pretty minimal after 2 weeks) , Now after re-cast I have pain. It also feels like my foot is not flat in the cast, as if it is slanted up on the outer side.

I hate calling the office as I have begun to feel lika a PITA. Your thoughts? Could the PA pressing on the foot so much and when positioning foot for the new cast cause problems ? could it pull the facture apart? These may be to specific of questions for the forum, but grateful for your input.
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Old 11th May 2012, 05:27 AM
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I'm 12 days from my next appointment. I'm hoping that it is healing, but I'm concerned that it doesn't feel better and that it may be feeling a bit worse. I have been absolutely good about not weight bearing save once when I lost my balance on a chair and it tapped the floor before I shifted my fall and avoided pulling my full weight on it.

I have the same experience as Bevin, little pain before I got the boot, and sometimes in the boot it feels like its uncomfortable. At first, my foot would spasm and cramp because it was in a different position. That doesn't happen any more though.

I was told I could take the boot off, if I was sitting on the couch to air my foot and to shower. I was wondering if it was appropriate to use heat on the injured foot (thinking that heat tends to open up blood flow and that a lack of blood flow is the problem.)

Right now, outside conditions are a problem - we are expecting (I know it is May, but I live far in the north) 10-15 cm of snow after a day of rain (on existing snow) and freezing rain. Its going to be fun skating on one foot to work tomorrow.

If anyone has any suggestions about the best things I can do, other than not weight bearing and being patient and eating healthily I can do to increase my chances of not needing surgery and possibly getting off crutches before September, I'd be greatful.

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Hey Hopalong - love your name.

I feel sorry for you with the snow. I was in snow for my first Jones fx. They do have tops you can put on your crutchs for snow/ice. If you have a mobility store in your area or a sigical supply store, call them. They can help. Another suggestion for snow is of course a wheelchair or scooter. Its covered on my insurance for durable medical devices; perhaps with the snow, your insurance will cover rental of those items too?

Sorry that you're going through this. I know how awful it is.

I am still in a cast and saw the doctor yesterday. I go back in 3 weeks; she said, I may get my cast off pending xrays results and go to a big boot. I'm praying for that. The whole shower ordeal with a cast, is a pain.

Keep me posted and let me know how you make out with the snow.

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Thanks for your thoughts. The good news is that the roads are clear and most of my walk to school is now down to mud. The weather did not deliver 15 cm of snow, and did deliver enough rain to wash most of the snow down. I've been using the crutch spikes since I started, but I was struggling with soft snow and large puddles. There are no store here and I don't think a wheel chair would travel well over the terrain. I'm thinking about asking for one for the summer so that I can get outside more and travel longer distances. I really have a short distance for crutching around. Its okay inside, but I don't think I could go more than 500 m in one go.

I hear you about casts, I was in a partial one for less than a week, and it made me crazy. I just hope my foot is healing properly. I think with the lack of a regular doctor up here (thus making it impossible to regularly change or fit or even take off a cast) may have led me to get a boot earlier. I was a bit surprised, but I feel that it keeps my foot pretty immobile, but allows me to adjust it if its really uncomfortable.

I hope you are healing quickly too. I'll post an update after my next appt.
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Dear Foot Dr.,
I am looking for some advice. I need to call my dr, but I'm not sure how or what to ask him. About... 2.5-3 weeks ago I managed to acquire a Jones Fracture the orthopedist have me a choice between cast or walking boot, with the cast I'd have to use crutches, with the boot, I didn't. I'm a stay at home mom in a new area with no family or friends as of yet to help me. My children are 1 and 3 and so of course I am goin to be carrying them and having to move around a lot. My boot feels like it is actually hurting my foot, and it is constantly swollen. The dr gave me no restrictions in weight or anything, but I am seeing many people stating they were in a walking boot and non-weight bearing? I saw my extays, the bones were clearly separated and had shifted slightly so half towards the little toe was higher than the other half. The Dr. Said it wasn't a large shift and should heal ok. But I am worried. I do not want to go through 6 weeks of wearing this boot and being unable to even play with my kids properly... I healthy, fit and active and my babies are use to mommy running around, chasing them, takin them on adventure walks etc.... I don't want to have the Dr blow me off and then discover I did not heal as I should have, go through 6 weeks of pain and restriction only to be told I need surgery... I have to be able to take care of my kids. Any advice you may have for my conversation with my Dr. Would be appreciated greatly... Thank you
~Crystal
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Foot Doc, I need some advice as well. On July 30th, 2012 I sustained a Jones fracture in Jiu Jitsu. I received a fiberglass cast with a check up every 2 weeks. This question is not case specific as that is ridiculous to answer on a forum. I'm just curious as to what my restrictions with my cast are and this specific fracture. Can I rest my heel on the ground while I am sitting in a chair? Can I move my toes in the cast since it can get uncomfortable from time to time. I get nervous if something bumps into my cast. Can I stretch my leg out or will that pull on the Peroneus Brevis Tendon and affect my 5th metatarsal by pulling on it disrupting healing. I might be over thinking it but I'm nervous. I should have asked my Doctor but I forgot.

Also, I'm 22 years old, do not smoke or drink, and am very active, and my diet is superb. I am not afraid of the actual healing just me interrupting the healing process.
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"It is at its worst when first getting up from sleeping or resting my feet; and with walking, abates somewhat but does not go away."

I am not a doctor, but I have had this type of pain. It was plantar fasciitis. He injected my feet with my own plasma, I walked in a boot for a while. It totally did the trick! (I saw a podiatrist.)
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I sustained an incomplete jones fracture on 9th March. I am on crutches with no cast just tubigrip. I am not weight bearing. I can move my ankle up and down as my foot is not immobilize. Can my fracture heal that way? Do I need a cast?
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