Management of Fifth Metatarsal Fracture and Refracture in Athletes

Kenneth J. Hunt, Michael J. Reiter, Derek P. Axibal, Kevin Varner

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Fractures of the proximal fifth metatarsal are very common in active individuals and elite athletes. Fractures may occur from a number of mechanisms, but inversion and twisting injuries are some of the most common causes. True Jones fractures are at the metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction and enter the fourth-fifth intermetatarsal articulation. Fractures in that area are at risk of delayed union or non-union, which can be extremely detrimental in elite athletes, because of the poor blood supply which results in a watershed area. Treatment recommendations depend on fracture location and acuity, as well as patient factors. Non-operative management can be successful, however delayed union and non-union may occur. Surgical stabilization of true Jones fractures is recommended in athletes and results in a low number of complications and a higher and more rapid rate of union much compared to non-operative methods. Overall, the treatment methods of fifth metatarsal fractures depend on a multitude of factors, however athletes benefit from more aggressive treatment regimens that result in high rates of union in less time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalOperative Techniques in Orthopaedics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • JONES fracture
  • bone graft
  • bone stress injury
  • fifth metatarsal base fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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