“Hello, Dr. Danciger from Palm Desert, CA. Today I wanted to talk to you about what’s called a Jones fracture – which is a break or a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone. This has been in the news lately because of Kevin Durant, from the Oklahoma Thunder, who sustained this injury and it can take quite a while to heal.
A Jones fracture is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone, back where this area is right over here. The problem with it is because that that area of the bone doesn’t have a good blood supply. As a result, healing can be compromised and can take quite a while to heal. Sometimes, in the non-recreational athlete or person, we can attempt conservative care with casting, non-weight bearing, and bone stimulation, to try to get healing. However, often in an athlete, such as Kevin Durant, surgery is usually indicated and has the best possibility of healing. This involves putting a screw in across the fracture site and then following immobilization and a lot of times bone stimulation and physical therapy. Either way, this can sometimes be a devastating injury, sometimes it’s prone to re-fracture and can take 8 weeks to a number of months to completely heal and get someone back into competitive sports.
If you have any questions, give your podiatrist a call, or give us a call – we’re located in Palm Desert, CA.”