Jones Fracture Complications
Most people depend on their cars every day to get them 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 are going to arrive at their destination safely. While this might be true the vast majority 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 every year in road traffic accidents.
- Between 20 and 50 million people are injured in road traffic accidents annually, with a large percentage of people sustaining permanent complications as a result.
- 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 serious accidents, people can still suffer major traumatic injuries.
Types of Bone Fractures: Important in the Treatment Process
Some of the most common injuries that 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: These are fractures 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 types of 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, called a Jones fracture, is particularly prone to complications developing.
What is a Jones Fracture?
A Jones Fracture is a severe injury that can occur following a traumatic accident. The foot is made up of 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 location of the bone and the pressure that is applied to the foot with walking and running, there is a major 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.
Watch YouTube Video: Jones Fracture (Ankle). In this short video, Dr. Douglas Cutter at HCA Virginia Sports Medicine explains more on a Jones Fracture, its prognosis and treatment.
Help from a Personal Injury Attorney
If a family is involved in a serious 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, it is a good idea to speak with an injury lawyer in Sacramento. A legal professional can provide key assistance by:
- Helping families take a look at the records of an accident, 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 be nervous about asking for help after a serious 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 serious injury that could result in prolonged recovery time. 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.
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