It may be unusual to talk about football injuries during the height of baseball season, but one Green Bay Packer will miss the remainder of the offseason because of a serious foot injury.
Rookie and fourth-round pick Vince Biegel suffered a Jones fracture injury at rookie camp. Named after an orthopedic surgeon who described this injury in 1902 after hurting his foot while dancing, a Jones fracture is a break in the 5th metatarsal bone.
Each foot has 5 metatarsal bones that extend to the midfoot and connect to each of your toes. The 5th metatarsal that is involved in a Jones fracture extends down the outside of the foot and the fracture causes swelling, pain, bruising and tenderness in this area. Walking may be extremely difficult.
The area of a Jones fracture is harder to heal than other fractures because that area doesn’t receive that much blood. Jones fractures can be acute as in Biegel’s case or can be a hairline stress fracture that gradually occurs over time.
Packer Biegel is now recovering after foot surgery and, although he is missing his rookie summer practice, the team expects him to return for July’s training camp.
Treatment Options for a Jones Fracture
If you experience pain along the outside of your foot, whether sudden or ongoing, use the R.I.C.E. method for relief: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate the leg. Then be sure to call us for an appointment.
Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM wants to see you in our office in case your pain is from a Jones fracture. We’ll take x-rays in the office and may need more imaging tests as sometimes a Jones fracture won’t appear on an x-ray.
Healing this type of fracture requires rest and immobilization. We’ll use a splint, walking boot or cast with crutches to eliminate weight bearing.
In many cases, surgery may be required to put the bone in the right position for complete healing. Physical therapy can help with healing. Post-surgery x-rays will determine when your injury has fully healed. Often, however, this injury will recur.
We Can Help with Any Type of Toe, Foot or Ankle Injury
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with foot fractures and other injuries of the foot and ankle as well as general foot care. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Get help quickly for any foot injury before it worsens into a serious problem.