Jones Fracture….Going crazy

(2 discussions)

I broke my 5th Metatarsal 4 weeks ago while playing basketball.
It was a clean break with no displacement.
My Ortho recommended that I avoid surgery to see if the bone heals on its own and stay on the crutches.
I am very athletic and healthy so I took his recommendation.
After 4 weeks he took another xray and he is seeing very little healing.
I have been taking supplements, staying off the foot and icing.
He is now giving me 2 options….surgery or no surgery with bone stimulator.
I am really torn because I want to get back on my feet ASAP and my foot has no pain so I am still optimistic.
How effective is the bone stimulator and is it too much for me to expect union to occur anytime soon?
Should I not risk non-union and do surgery?
If I opt for surgery can I start bearing weight soon after?
Need to make a decision soon so any help would be much appreciated.


    Vivian Abrams DPM

    9 10

    I have 2 patients at this present time with a Jones fracture. One just got a bone stimulator after 90 days of no bone healing and we are waiting for the 90 day period on the other. I get asked this all the time by these patients. My research comes up sparse for the success of bone stim and Jones fractures specifically. However the one I use (DonJoy) suggests an 85% success rate. My rep from Rehabilicare actually did the research on this. He is a former orthopedic P.A. so he is very objective. I have told my patients there is no guaranty, even with surgery. Either way it is a long haul.


    9 10

    Hey, I’m in the same situation as you, I’ve been on the crutches for 9 weeks, and bone stimulator for 7 weeks.. just went to the dr’s today, and I have another 4 weeks on crutches, he still sees little healing, but it’s trying.. i’ve been off my foot for the entire time.. so if you have the chance.. take the surgery.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *