Jones Fracture Complications

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January 18, 2019
Edward Smith

Jones Fracture Complications

Most people depend on their cars daily to get where they need to go. This includes traveling to school, work, and running simple errands around town. When people get behind the wheel of a car, they often take it for granted that they will arrive at their destination safely. While this might be true most of the time, it only takes one car accident to change someone’s life forever. Unfortunately, motor vehicle collisions are more common than people realize. Some statistics recently published by the Association for Safe International Road Travel include:

  • More than 1.25 million people are killed globally yearly in road traffic accidents.
  • Between 20 and 50 million people are injured in road traffic accidents annually, with many people sustaining permanent complications.
  • Across all ages, motor vehicle collisions are the ninth-leading cause of death.
  • For adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 29, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death.

These numbers demonstrate that road traffic accidents need to be taken seriously. Even in less severe accidents, people can still suffer major traumatic injuries.

Types of Bone Fractures: Important in the Treatment Process

Some of the most common injuries an individual could suffer in an auto accident include bone fractures. Like other injuries, bone fractures are treated differently depending on their severity. There are two broad categories of fractures. These include:

  • Displaced fractures are where bone fragments have been moved from their standard anatomical location. Typically, fractures that are displaced require surgery to correct. After this, casting is used to keep the bones in place.
  • Nondisplaced fractures: When these fractures occur, the bone fragments remain in their standard anatomical location. This means that the fractures can heal with casting alone and, typically, do not require surgery to correct.

Another way that fractures can be categorized involves location. A specific fracture in the foot, Jones fracture, is particularly prone to developing complications.

What is a Jones Fracture?

A Jones Fracture is a severe injury that can occur following a traumatic accident. The foot comprises multiple bones, one of which is the 5th metatarsal. This bone sits beneath the pinky toe and can be broken in an auto accident. When this happens, this fracture can be extremely painful and cause difficulty walking. It is diagnosed on an x-ray and often requires surgery to repair. Worst of all, many different complications could arise with a Jones Fracture.

What are the Complications of a Jones Fracture?

The most common complication of this fracture is termed malunion. Another major complication that can occur with a Jones Fracture is a refracture of the bone. Because of the bone’s location and the pressure applied to the foot while walking and running, there is a significant risk of a repeat fracture. For this reason, most Jones Fractures will require surgical repair. This can create a lot of stress for a family.

In this short video, Dr. Douglas Cutter at HCA Virginia Sports Medicine explains more about a Jones Fracture, its prognosis, and treatment.

Help from a Personal Injury Attorney

If a family is involved in a severe car accident, it is understandable to have questions. Families might be wondering how the accident even happened in the first place. They could have questions about what happens next. For this reason and many others, speaking with an injury lawyer in Sacramento is a good idea. A legal professional can provide critical assistance by:

  • Helping families look at an accident’s records, ensuring that every detail has been considered.
  • Making sure that the fault has been assigned appropriately following an accident.
  • Serving as an experienced and objective presence who can help families make decisions that are in their interests.
  • Taking a case to court if this is needed.

Please do not hesitate to ask for help after a severe auto accident. Take the time to speak with an experienced injury attorney in Sacramento today. You and your family members could be deserving of a financial reward.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Sacramento

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. A Jones Fracture is a severe injury that could result in prolonged recovery. If you or a family member has developed severe complications after a motor vehicle accident, contact me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly legal advice.

I am a Million Dollar Advocates Forum member and the Top One Percent, a National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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