Jones Fractures: They’re Everywhere Right Now

Columbia's lead basketball scorer has withdrawn after a Jones fractureUntil a month or so ago, many people had never heard of a Jones fracture, but ever since Kevin Durant broke his foot a short while ago, the term is popping up in headlines everywhere.

Just this week, college-ball superstar Alex Rosenberg, Columbia’s leading scorer, withdrew from school to maintain another year of eligibility after suffering a Jones fracture that would sideline him for at least 6-8 weeks.

So what is a Jones fracture and what makes it so tricky to diagnose before the injury completely sidelines you? Read on to find out!

A Jones fracture is a broken bone in the midsection of the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot, at the base near the little toe. It can cause pain and swelling if not treated.

Because symptoms of a Jones fracture are quite similar to that of a sprained foot, the injury can be difficult to spot early on.

Unfortunately, early diagnosis is super-important with Jones fractures, because the area of the Jones fracture has a very small blood supply, meaning the injury takes much longer to heal and may even need to be surgically repaired. If not properly diagnosed and treated in a prompt time-frame, a Jones fracture can result in a non-union (the permanent failure of a bone to heal.)

So there you have it—the real deal on the latest NBA-insider buzz word. If you suspect that you may have a Jones fracture or other foot injury, it is crucial to see your Houston podiatrist immediately. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider for a full injury evaluation, including x-rays, right in his Tanglewood office. 

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.