The top scorer on the Chicago Sky, Epiphanny Prince, was injured in last Saturday's game. She suffered a Jones fracture, which is a serious fracture of the fifth metatarsal base. It is a very common basketball injury. Basketball players often twist their ankle when coming down from a jump. When this happens, the ankle often gets the most attention. In addition to the potential ankle sprain, the tendon that attaches to the fifth metatarsal base gets a sudden tension.
When the tendon pulls on the fifth metatarsal bone, it causes the bone to break. This injury needs immediate and aggressive attention. If the bone is not completely fractured and in good position, then immobilizating the foot and ankle should allow the fracture to heal. If it is a complete fracture and the ends of the bone are displaced, surgery is often necessary to fix the broken bone. This is especially true since that particular area of the fifth metarsal bone has a reduced blood supply, reducing the likelihood of the fracture healing on its own.
The fracture is corrected with surgery by putting the fractured ends back in position and using a screw down the center of the bone to provide compression. This maximizes the chance of the bone healing well. The foot is then placed in a cast or fracture boot while using crutches. Whether there is foot surgery performed or not, the fracture requires six to eight weeks to fully heal.
If you have twisted your ankle and have noticed pain, swelling, or bruising on your ankle or foot, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate evaluation. The longer you wait, the greater your chance that the fracture will require surgery. Don't wait for it to improve on it's own...visit Tanglewood Foot Specialsits today.