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World J Orthop. Sep 18, 2021; 12(9): 640-650
Published online Sep 18, 2021. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v12.i9.640
Jones type fifth metatarsal fracture fixation in athletes: A review and current concept
Mohammad Albloushi, Amer Alshanqiti, Mohammad Qasem, Andreas Abitbol, Thomas Gregory
Mohammad Albloushi, Amer Alshanqiti, Andreas Abitbol, Thomas Gregory, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Avicenne Teaching Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, University Sorbonne-Paris-Nord, Sorbonne Paris Cité +33, France
Mohammad Qasem, Al-Razi Hospital, Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait, Kuwait City 00965, Kuwait
ORCID number: Mohammad Albloushi (0000-0002-1759-6803); Amer Alshanqiti (0000-0003-0226-3237); Mohammad Qasem (0000-0001-8271-2404); Andreas Abitbol (0000-0001-5983-2221); Thomas Gregory (0000-0001-6292-0177).
Author contributions: Albloushi M performed the majority of the writing; Alshanqiti A contributed to the writing; Qasem M assisted in the editing of the text; Abitbol A and Gregory T provided critical expertise and input into the material of the text.
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Corresponding author: Mohammad Qasem, PhD, Physiotherapist, Al-Razi Hospital, Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait, Jamal Abdulnasser Street, Al Solaibeykhat Area 5, Kuwait City 00965, Kuwait. doctorqasem@hotmail.com
Received: February 9, 2021
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Published online: September 18, 2021

Abstract

Jones type fifth metatarsal fracture is a common occurrence among athletes at all levels. These fractures may occur due to several mechanisms, but inversions and twisting injuries are considered some of the leading causes in sports. However, while Jones fracture incidences are frequent in the sporting world, there is still a lack of consensus on how such fractures should be effectively managed. There are numerous treatment options for patients with fifth metatarsal Jones fractures. The role of nonoperative treatment remains controversial, with concerns about delayed union and nonunion. Surgical stabilization of metatarsal Jones fractures is therefore often recommended for athletes, as it is often associated with a low number of complications and a higher rate of union than nonoperative management. This review will focus on literature regarding the prevalence of Jones type fifth metatarsal fracture, alongside the efficacy of both conservative and surgical treatment within this population.

Key Words: Athletes, Surgery, Fifth Metatarsal, Jones fracture, Rehabilitation, Fracture

Core Tip: Jones type fifth metatarsal fractures are a common injury among athletes. However, there remains a lack of consensus on the effective management of such fractures, especially in a demanding population group where time is often of the essence. Treatment recommendations often depend on the location and understanding of the fracture in addition to the patient's underlying state of health and other factors that influence surgical risk and outcome. The role of nonoperative treatment is still controversial, but surgical stabilization of metatarsal Jones fractures is often recommended for athletes and other high-demand population groups.



INTRODUCTION

Jones type fifth metatarsal fractures are a common occurrence among athletes at all levels. These fractures may occur due to several movement mechanisms, but inversions and twisting injuries are considered some of the leading causes in sports. However, while this fracture type occurs frequently in the sporting world, there is still a lack of consensus on how such fractures should be effectively managed, especially in an industry where time is often of the essence. Treatment recommendations often depend on the location and understanding of the fracture anatomy in addition to the patient's underlying health. Several research studies have demonstrated that nonoperative treatment pathways can be used successfully in these types of fractures, although concern exists about delayed and nonunion fractures. This remains a controversial area. Surgical treatment is often recommended for athletes, as it is often associated with a low number of complications and a higher rate of union than nonoperative treatment. This review focuses on defining this fracture subtype and the efficacy of both operative and nonoperative treatment options. Operative intervention is further evaluated primarily with respect to screw vs plate fixation techniques.

OVERVIEW OF THE TYPES OF FIFTH METATARSAL JONES FRACTURES

Jones fracture was first described in 1902 by Sir Robert Jones as a unique type of fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal; he described this fracture as being 1/3 inch from the base[1]. Statistically, metatarsal fractures account for a significant proportion of foot injuries, comprising 35% of fractures within the foot region and approximately 5%-6% of all skeletal injuries, with an estimated incidence of 6.7 per 10000 individuals[2]. In the normal adult population, females tend to sustain the injury more than males at a ratio of 2:1; however, in sports, which are primarily dominated by males, these injuries are more common among males[3-5]. In their review of foot injuries among athletes, Boutefnouchet et al[3] noted that these fractures are 10 times more likely to occur in males, with a mean age of 26 years. In this case, the high prevalence of these injuries in the sporting world was attributed to the strenuous nature of activities, resulting in the application of specific stresses within this region, such as during jumping, running, and tackling.

Anatomically, fifth metatarsal fractures are classified into two groups. According to Sarpong et al[2], the two groups to which these fractures belong are proximal and distal fractures. This classification is based on the fractures' healing potential as dictated by the blood supply to the affected zones. The blood supply to the proximal fifth metatarsal was first investigated by Bowes and Buckley[6], using a cadaver model for the study. Their findings discovered that blood supply within this region emanates from three possible sources: the nutrient artery, metaphyseal perforators, and periosteal arteries.

Expansion of the classification system by Torg et al[7] resulted in the simplification of how proximal fifth metatarsal fractures are classified. Bowes and Buckley noted that this simplification resulted in the proximal diaphysis distal classification as tuberosity, which made it part of the Jones fracture[6]. Under this system, three categories of Jones fractures emerge: Type I (acute proximal metatarsal fracture), Type II (delayed union proximal metatarsal fracture), and Type III (nonunion proximal metatarsal fracture).

Type I (acute proximal metatarsal fracture)

Type I fractures feature a fracture line and lacks intramedullary sclerosis differentiation. According to many researchers[8-11], the history of injuries in this group should include no history of a previous fracture. However, in some cases, patients may report the existence of previous pain. In other words, at the location of previous pain, the fracture is often presumed to be Type I, and due to the pain being on the lateral cortex, patients often experience limited movement.

Type II (delayed union) proximal metatarsal fracture

As noted by Do et al[8], Cheung and Lui[9], Saluta et al[12], Type II fractures are different from Type I due to the presence of an earlier injury that is characterized by a widened fracture line and the presence of intramedullary sclerosis.

Type III (non-union proximal metatarsal fracture)

Type III fractures' distinguishing features include a "complete obliteration of the medullary canal by sclerotic bone with a history of repetitive trauma and recurrent symptoms"[6]. In other words, this type of fracture contains a complete disconnection of the adjacent bones, and the treatment of this type of fracture often requires corrective surgery (Table 1).

Table 1 Summary of fifth metatarsal fractures.
Class
Description
Zone 1(1) Proximal tubercle avulsion; (2) Long plantar ligament leads to a lateral band of the plantar fascia or the peroneus Brevis's contraction; (3) May extend into the Cubo-metatarsal joint; and (4) Nonunion is uncommon
Zone 2 (Jones fracture)(1) Metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction; (2) Involves the fourth and fifth metatarsal articulation; (3) Vascular watershed area; (4) Acute injury; and (5) Increased risk of nonunion
Zone 3(1) Proximal diaphyseal fracture; (2) Distal to the fourth and fifth metatarsal articulation; (3) Stress fracture in athletes; (4) Associated with cavovarus foot deformities. or sensory neuropathies; and (5) Increased risk of nonunion
ANATOMY AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF FIFTH METATARSAL FRACTURES

Understanding foot anatomy is crucial in evaluating an effective treatment plan for athletes with Jones fractures. The fifth metatarsal is distinguished from other lesser metatarsals by the presence of a tendon insertion at the base comprising the peroneus brevis, which inserts dorsally on the proximal tubercle, and the peroneus tertius, which dorsally inserts the diaphyseal junction[2]. In addition, the plantar fascia is attached to the tubercle.

The pathophysiology of fifth metatarsal fractures is mainly represented by acute trauma. According to studies by Do et al[8], the mechanism of pain in patients (athletes) with Zone 1 fractures is often experienced during supination with plantar flexion (rolling motion of the outside edge of the foot during a step), such as during pitching in baseball. This type of movement often results in a pull of the plantar fascia lateral band, which results in pain. In Zone 2, injuries often emanate from plantar flexing of the forefoot. In contrast, in Zone 3 injuries, the pain usually originates from repetitive trauma. In the case of athletes, it could be due to continuous pressure when a player jumps, runs, or tackles an opponent. Notably, according to a recent study by Benjamin et al[13], athletes with cavovarus feet are prone to repetitive trauma, which results in Zone 3 injuries. This study proposes the theory that the physical structure of an athlete’s foot could be one of the significant determinants of Jones-type fracture prevalence.

Similarly, according to other studies, there is a relationship between cavovarus feet and the development of both Jones fractures and stress fractures in the fifth metatarsal. For instance, in their study, "The Cavovarus Foot and Its Association with Fractures of the Fifth Metatarsal," Fuchs et al[14] noted that patients with acute Jones fractures presented with radiographic hindfoot varus. Some studies have suggested that since Zone 2 and Zone 3 may exhibit similar characteristics, it is not necessary to differentiate between them. For instance, Sarpong et al[2] provides an example of distal diaphyseal fractures, which occur when excessive force is applied within a position of plantar flexion, and an inversion injury occurs. In athletes, such as sprinters or volleyball players, such an injury could occur during jumping, in which toes are used, or an inversion injury is sustained with the ankle in a fully plantar flexed position. In summary, these injuries among athletes are common, as most field actions involve a broad utilization of foot movements, resulting in stress to the fifth metatarsal.

TREATMENT

Treatment options for Jones type fifth metatarsal fracture are based on the zone of the injury, comorbidities of the injured patient, and — if a sub-acute presentation — radiographic signs of healing. Acute Zone 1 injuries are mostly treated conservatively with protected weight-bearing medical boots, such as the air cast variety, hard-soled shoes, or casts. These devices are designed primarily for a patient's comfort rather than fracture stability, and can therefore be discontinued when the patient feels the pain has subsided. Operative treatment modalities are not first-line pathways for patients with a Zone 1 injury. In contrast, the level of severity in Zone 2 and Zone 3 fractures tends to be higher than that in Zone 1 fractures and may have better outcomes with surgical management.

Compared with the general population, athletes often require different treatment types due to their specific injury patterns and higher demands. According to a study conducted by Japjec et al[15] on how athletes require different treatments of injuries to the fifth metatarsal, it was suggested that on average, nonoperative treatment pathways took as long as 20 wk to heal completely, which was not a feasible amount of time for both the players and their teams[15]. In their analysis, the researchers proposed a new classification of these injuries, which included metaphyseal (Zone 1 and the majority of Zone 2) and metadiaphyseal fractures (remnants of Zone 2 and Zone 3) (see Table 2). However, the exact anatomical boundaries within this classification are not clearly defined and need further research. Nonetheless, the study successfully demonstrated that given the frequency of fractures in athletes, surgical treatment plans are efficient in treating zone 2 and 3 fifth metatarsal Jones fractures.

Table 2 Stewart classification of Jones fracture[16].
Stewart classification
Type 1Extra-articular fracture between the metatarsal base and diaphysis
Type 2Intra-articular fracture of the metatarsal base
Type 3Avulsion fracture
Type 4Comminuted fractures with intra-articular extension
Type 5Partial avulsion of the metatarsal base with or without a fracture

An analysis of the efficacy of nonsurgical and surgical treatment plants was recently conducted in a virtual study by Mirza et al[16]. They aimed to analyze the outcomes within the different treatment pathways of patients with basal fifth metatarsal fractures[16]. Out of the 270 study participants, 73.6% had Zone 1 fractures, 22.2% had Zone 2 fractures, and 4.2% had Zone 3 fractures. The researchers concluded that conventional treatment methods for Zones 1 and 2 took longer to cure patients (12 wk) than surgical procedures (Zone 3), which reduced the healing time by 50%. These findings support following a surgical pathway from the outset in the treatment of athletes with fifth metatarsal Jones fractures.

SURGICAL TECHNIQUES

There are several operative techniques described in the literature for fifth metatarsal Jones fractures. The choice of technique utilized is primarily dependent on the characteristics of the fracture(s). The techniques described include intramedullary screws, closed reduction, and cross-pinning with K-wire (Kirschner-wire) fixation, bone grafting, and internal fixation with a mini fragment plate and screws[6,17,18]. We focus on comparing outcomes between fixation techniques that primarily utilize screws or plates.

Surgical techniques using screws

Surgical techniques are common among athletes due to the short time it takes to heal these fractures and the lower possibility of nonunion. Studies by Watson et al[19], Lareau et al[20], Willegger et al[21], and D'Hooghe et al[22] assert that intramedullary screws and aggressive rehabilitation protocols have become popular among professional athletes seeking to return to the field after experiencing Zone 2-3 fifth metatarsal Jones fractures[23,24]. According to these studies, this technique's main advantage is that it is minimally invasive in addition to the short healing time needed and the accelerated mobility. DeLee, Evans, and Julian were the first to demonstrate the efficacy of percutaneous intramedullary screw fixation in a 1983 study titled “Stress Fracture of the Fifth Metatarsal”[6,25,26]. The study focused on utilizing 4.5-mm malleolar screws in diaphyseal stress fracture fixation in 10 athletes in which they reported an average healing time of 7.5 wk. This healing time allowed for adequate time for rehabilitation and return to sporting activities.

There are currently various types of intramedullary screws in use by surgeons in the fixation of fifth metatarsal Jones fractures. Among the significant options of this technique include solid and cannulated screws, whose individual performance has been studied. For instance, Bowes and Buckey noted that cannulated screws offer better precision and ease of use when placed over a guidewire[6]. However, some studies have argued that cannulated screws present an increased risk of refracture.

Studies have also evaluated the subsequent failure of cannulated screws in delayed unions, nonunion, and acute Jones fractures. For instance, Bowes and Buckley noted that intramedullary screw fixation using 4.5-mm malleolar screws resulted in re-fracture and may cause delayed union or non-union in Jones fractures[6]. However, in a round table discussion by Carpenter et al[27] and recent studies by Bryant et al[28], O'Malley et al[29] and Tan et al[30], this method offers a higher rate of healing among athletes, with lower re-occurrence of fractures. Thus, based on this argument, it could be concluded that the utilization of larger diameters during surgery may help to prevent future fracture.

Surgical techniques using plates (plantar plate fixation)

An alternative to intramedullary screws in fixing Jones fractures is the plantar plate fixation surgical technique. Plantar plate fixation, as reported by Duplantier et al[31], Mitchell et al[32], Young et al[33], and Miller et al[34], describes the procedure of plantar plate fixation. Researchers note that the process involves the positioning of a contoured plate[19] across the fracture site, such that the locking holes are aligned on the proximal side (the oblong). In contrast, the remaining locking holes are aligned with the distal side of the injury. One of the noted advantages of the plantar plate fixation method in treating Jones fractures is that it offers stability to the broken bones, accelerating healing. In addition, the procedure provides one of the fastest ways of managing this type of fracture among athletes.

However, several studies on the advantages and disadvantages of plantar plate fixation techniques have indicated that the method presents some risks regarding nonunion and the possibility of injuries reoccurring in the same location. According to Bernstein et al[35] and Haslan et al[36], with tension-side plating, there have been cases of pain and persistent fracture nonunion, especially in the treatment of stress fractures among athletes. Furthermore, studies indicate that the procedure requires the addition of calcaneus autografts to optimize the healing process. According to Mitchell et al[32], previously reported risks associated with percutaneous calcaneal autograft harvesting are currently low. This finding has improved the performance of plantar plating fixation in the treatment of fifth metatarsal Jones fractures. In addition to the issues with biomechanical principles, the literature also suggests that plantar plating is associated with hardware prominence. According to Mitchell et al[32], hardware prominence typically occurs due to the surgeon's failure to confirm that the plate used is adequately aligned against the cortex of the bone. Failure to position the plate properly could also result in nonunion, irritation, and an increased risk of refracture. These risks for plantar plate fixation can be reduced by using low-profile screws and plates that are accurately contoured to the cortex. This ensures that the tension side of the fracture is stabilized[37]. Adoption of these techniques allows for plantar plating to be used with good outcomes in high-demand patients, such as athletes.

POST-OPERATION MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL

As mentioned above, surgical procedures might offer faster recovery among athletes who have suffered fifth metatarsal Jones fractures. Recovery takes an average of 3-4 wk, depending on the postoperative procedures[38]. To facilitate healing, specific protocols need to be followed. Watson et al[38] stated that postoperative rehabilitation can be divided into five phases, as illustrated in Table 3 and Figure 1.

Figure 1
Figure 1 Number of athletes returning to play vs weeks in rehabilitation[38].
Table 3 Postoperative rehabilitation protocol for athletes.
Phases of postoperative rehabilitation for fifth metatarsal Jones fractures
Phase IAfter surgery, the patient can toe-touch using weight-bearing medical aids, such as walking boots or crutches. Discontinuation of use of these aids depends on how fast an individual heals or when they can tolerate body weight. Patients are required to use bone simulators at least twice a day and perform four-way ankle-resisted exercises two times a day. These exercises include plantar flexion, dorsiflexion, inversion, and eversion[18]
Phase IIIn this phase, the patient can tolerate his or her full weight and can now use a walking boot. Bone simulators and ankle exercises are limited to twice a day. Furthermore, the patient participates in training using underwater treadmills with sessions lasting approximately 20 min at a speed of between 2.5 and 3.0 mph. These parameters are adjusted per the ability of the patient to tolerate an increase. "By the end of Phase II rehabilitation, the patient should be able to do interval training for 20 min in waist-deep water. An example of an interval training protocol is as follows: 60 seconds at a 5-6 mph pace followed by a 90-s run at 7-8 mph with jet resistance at approximately 45%-60% weight bearing"[19,38]
Phase IIIAt this stage, walking boots are replaced with cross-training shoes with rigid or orthotic inserts. Patients are gradually introduced to single-calf exercises in combination with dorsiflexion stretching and single-leg proprioception training. Progression to full weight bearing is continued and managed using limited change of direction and position exercises. For at least two times a day, the patient is involved in bone stimulation and resistance ankle routines
Phase IVPatients can use professional sporting shoes such as cleats or boots with rigid or orthotic inserts. Full-weight running is combined with drill works that feature a position-specific change of direction. Single-leg plyometric exercises are included. Additionally, the athlete is required to continue using "bone stimulator, resisted ankle exercises, single-leg calf raises, dorsiflexion stretching exercises, and single-leg plyometric exercises"[19,38]. This phase aims to facilitate a limited return to regular training
Phase VThe patient can now participate in full training. The bone simulator is used twice a day combined with a regular training routine until the patient is fully recovered
POSTOPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS

Postoperative complications are common, and some are higher within the athlete population. The risk of injury to the sural nerve and its branches during procedures, such as intramedullary screw fixation, is well recognized. However, historically, injury to the sural nerve or any of its branches has not been reported as a significant postoperative complication arising from the fixation of Jones fractures[9]. Nonetheless, despite the lack of reporting, several studies have indicated the occurrence of unexplained postoperative pain and paraesthesia over the lateral aspect of the foot, which fails to subside even after the removal of the screw or the plate. In such cases, researchers have often concluded that the occurrence of such pain is a result of nerve damage from surgical intervention.

Failure to note the natural curvature of the bone during surgery has been considered a major cause of nerve injury after surgical treatment. As noted by Aynardi et al[39], despite the success of intramedullary screw fixation of the fifth metatarsal for metaphyseal-diaphyseal and diaphyseal fractures, the size, shape, and quality of the bone cortices are crucial in preventing surgical injuries to the lateral dorsal cutaneous nerve. According to the researchers, failure to consider the natural curvature of the fifth metatarsal bone during surgery could impede the placement of a guidewire, which can lead to intraoperative complications, such as nerve damage. Therefore, to reduce the risk of nerve injury, surgeons should ensure the proper entry point of the guidewire and screw with a correct trajectory within the medullary canal. This is best achieved by a proper understanding of the patients’ specific bony anatomy.

Both delayed and nonunion are commonly attributed to the use of smaller screws in surgery. Watson et al[38] noted that delayed unions in Zone 2 and 3 fractures are often a result of choosing screws that are smaller than 4.5 mm in diameter. In the case of athletes, according to Wukich et al[40], it is advisable to use larger solid screws as a way of countering the higher amount of torsional stress directed towards the fracture site. Similarly, in the case of nonunion and refractures in Zones 2 and 3, Cheung and Lui[9] recommend treatment with medullary curettage and intramedullary screw fixation or inlay grafting. However, in this case, revision of the previous screw fixation that resulted in complications should be performed with larger diameter screws in addition to reaming of the medullary canal.

Other possible postoperative complications include wound infection, impingement by a prominent screw head, rupture of the peroneus brevis tendon, metatarsalgia, iatrogenic fracture of the metatarsal bone, and the screw missing the medullary canal. Cheung and Lui[9] summarized specific methods of avoiding and managing these complications. First, wound infection and tendon nerve injury can be avoided by careful soft tissue handling during surgery using implants with low profiles. Second, impingement by the screw head can be avoided by adequate countersinking of the cortex before the insertion of the screw and be further addressed by athletes using larger and spacious shoes. Third, screws missing the medullary canal can be avoided through the use of proper surgical techniques, choosing the correct implant, and having a proper understanding of the patients’ bony anatomy. Last, the major cause of postoperative metatarsalgia is fibrosis of the joints and tendons adjacent to the site of the operation.

NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT

There are several nonsurgical treatment plans used for fifth metatarsal Jones fractures. These modalities vary by anatomical region of the fracture, patient history, and radiological findings[41-43]. Evidence-based medicine has assisted in the tailoring of individual treatment of metatarsal fractures. For example, as highlighted by several studies, some cases of nondisplaced and neck fractures of the fifth metatarsal are often treated nonoperatively. The preference to treat these injuries using nonsurgical options indicates that their level of severity is low. Examples of nonsurgical treatment options include walking casts, elastic dressings, rigid shoes, hard plastic cast shoes with weight-bearing, and posterior splints[44,45]. The effectiveness of these options depends on both the nature of the treatment option and the type of patient.

Recently, various studies have attempted to statistically analyze patients’ satisfaction with nonoperative treatment pathways in treating acute Jones fractures. For instance, in studies undertaken by Sesti et al[46], it was established that on average, 60% to 70% of patients with acute Jones fracture were very satisfied with nonoperative procedures, 28% were satisfied, 8% reasonably satisfied, and 4% were dissatisfied (see Figure 2). These findings indicate that the choice for nonsurgical treatment is often based on perception, and, in some cases, is at the discretion of the patient.

Figure 2
Figure 2 Patient Satisfaction with non-operative treatment of fifth metatarsal Jones fractures.

The literature suggests that there is a significant variation in the effectiveness of conservative treatment within different fracture subtypes. Nondisplaced Zone 1 fractures at the fifth metatarsal base are often treated using protected weight-bearing methods, such as leg casts, that offer low nonunion rates of between 0.5% and 2.1%[47]. In other studies, it has been illustrated that nonoperative procedures for acute Zone 2 and 3 fractures result in longer recuperation times and a higher risk of refracturing. As highlighted in Figure 3, the average times to union for “tuberosity fractures, Jones, stress, segmental shaft, and oblique distal shaft/neck fractures were 3.7, 3.5, 4.8, 3.6 and 3.4 mo, respectively”[6]. Thus, compared with the surgical method, nonoperative techniques are not feasible for professional athletes due to their inability to achieve union in Zone 2 and 3 fractures within acceptable timeframes.

Figure 3
Figure 3 Average number of months to fracture union.
REHABILITATION

Several studies have described and issued recommendations on specific rehabilitation protocols to be followed during the recuperation period. In their research, Marecek et al[48] detailed their preferred rehabilitation protocol based on clinical data on patients with acute Jones fractures[48]. The authors note that for patients with Zone 1 fractures, non-weight-bearing options could be used in the first 3 wk after the injury. Similarly, Rhim and Hunt[49], along with Slater et al[50] and Qi et al[51], suggest the placement of the affected foot in a cast or boot for 2-3 wk. Once a union is observed, the patient can be transitioned to physical therapy, with a focus on regaining strength through eccentric and concentric open-chain exercises or muscle-specific workouts. Non-impact activities, such as elliptical trainers or static bicycles and deep-water running activities, are useful for athletes recovering from acute Jones fractures.

CONCLUSION

As discussed, there are numerous treatment options for patients with fifth metatarsal Jones fractures. For the general population, non-time-sensitive approaches, such as using a short leg cast with immobilization, could be used for treatment. However, for active individuals, such as athletes in competitive sports, the need to quickly return to play often calls for more aggressive treatment plans. Owing to various reports of faster healing and return to play, treatment options among athletes with Jones fractures have significantly shifted from nonoperative procedures to surgical options that include intramedullary screw fixation and plantar plate fixations. These procedures offer predictable union rates in addition to minimum periods of immobilization, which makes them ideal techniques for managing fifth metatarsal Jones fractures in the sporting world.

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