Broken foot heals faster with surgery

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

By: Jeff Ash

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A Jones fracture is a common foot injury, especially among athletes. That’s a break in the metatarsal bones, or the long bones, along the outside of the foot.


It can happen when someone twists a foot or sprains an ankle, or simply when the foot is stepped on.


How, then, to treat it? Dr. Jason George DeVries, a fellowship-trained foot-and-ankle surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic, offers some insight:


“Historically, we try to treat this with immobilization. However, we found that up to 40 percent of these fractures cannot heal over an extended amount of time,” DeVries says. He is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.


“But with surgery, we’re able to minimally invasively go in, fix the fracture, support it and reinforce it. Typically, we get people walking and back to activity much quicker.”


With surgery, the typical recovery time from a Jones fracture is six to eight weeks. Without surgery, it takes two to five months to recover.


“If people can get it fixed, we can get them moving. Most often, people should have few or no long-term side effects,” DeVries says.


DeVries discussed Jones fracture surgery with Katie Phernetton on a segment of “Good Day Wisconsin” on WLUK-TV in Green Bay.


Dr. Jason George DeVries sees patients in Green Bay, Manitowoc and Chilton. To request an appointment, call 877-884-8796 in Green Bay, 920-682-6376 in Manitowoc or 920-849-3800 in Chilton, or do so online.


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