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Pain from Jones Fracture

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by audrey123, May 19, 2017.

  1. audrey123

    audrey123 New Member

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    I was diagnosed with a Jones Fracture on April 20th, and was put in a boot non-weight bearing for 3.5 weeks total. I went to the doctor a few days ago (after the 3.5 weeks). They did more x-rays and determined it is not healed (which is what he was expecting) but it is healing in the correct direction/not getting further apart. He said that I could start weaning off of my crutches this week and once it has been a full week I should be able to walk with the boot, without the crutches. He also said that if it is painful, it means I am not ready and to wait. I am supposed to go back to see him in 3 weeks.

    Yesterday I started to partially weight bear but still using both crutches, and today I have been using one crutch on my good side (so it puts more weight on my bad foot). It definitely felt very weird and very tingly, though not necessarily painful. If anything, I felt a little bit of pain on the other side of my foot, not where the fracture is. Now it is the afternoon, and my foot hurts not intensely, but pretty constant, where the fracture is. It is not excruciating pain by any means, but since the original break occurred, I have not really had any pain until now.

    Does this mean my foot is not ready or is that totally normal after not putting weight on it for a month? When you start putting weight on it after no weight, there will be pain? It is isn't swollen, nor has it been since the first week after injury. I assume the pain the doctor is talking about would be sharp immediate pain as soon as I step down, but I have no idea.

    For background, when I originally went in a few ays after the break (I tripped on a shoe while in Hanoi in Vietnam and was given a cast there but came home for rest), the doctor said sometimes for a Jones Fracture you need surgery to put a pin in place, but my break was kind of on the cusp of needing surgery, and he would recommend I don't get surgery as it is better if it is capable of healing on its own to let it. I am 26 years old and do not have experience with broken bones.

    Basically, how much pain is okay to be walking on, or should there be none at all? I am ready to be done with these crutches but I don't want to slow down the healing process.
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Super Moderator

    I would suggest you back of a bit. As for how much pain, use common sense. Weightbearing is important as soon as possible, but within tolerance and limits.
  3. audrey

    audrey Guest

    Thank you!

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