The fifth metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot. Most commonly the fifth metatarsal fractures through the base of the bone.
Surgical treatment options for a break in the fifth metatarsal maybe recommended by your foot and ankle specialist if you have one of the following types of fractures:
Because of its location on the bone, a Jones Fracture may take longer to heal. In some cases, a Jones Fracture may not heal at all, a condition called “nonunion.” When this happens surgery is often required to treat the fracture similar to Avulsion Fracture surgery.