Surgical treatment of Jones fractures

Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 1990;109(5):277-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00419944.


A transverse fracture of the proximal part of the fifth metatarsal is rarely caused by direct trauma but is usually secondary to overload. These fractures, when treated conservatively, have a high recurrence rate and give rise to prolonged sporting inactivity. The clinical and radiographical difference between an acute versus a stress fracture will decide on further treatment. A reversed graft, by an asymmetrical trapezoid autograft, offers a simple and effective surgical solution for nonunion and delayed union of Jones fractures in sportsmen.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / surgery*
  • Bone Transplantation / methods
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Fractures, Ununited / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Metatarsal Bones / injuries*