This procedure is used to correct a Jones fracture – a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot. During this procedure, the surgeon inserts a screw into the metatarsal to stabilize the bone and allow it to heal properly.
In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned and anesthesia is administered. The surgeon creates a tiny incision along the outer side of the foot to access the end of the metatarsal.
The surgeon aligns the two fractured pieces of the metatarsal and creates a channel into the center of this bone. A surgical screw is inserted into the end of the channel and through the two pieces of the bone, stabilizing the fracture.
End of Procedure and Aftercare:
When the procedure is complete, the incision is closed and the foot is bandaged and placed in a splint. The patient will not be allowed to bear weight on the foot for about two weeks. A walking brace or shoe may be required until the fracture has fully healed.