The majority of patients need 3 to 4 months to recover from a Jones fracture surgery. If complications such as nonunion or refracture occur, the recovery time will be even longer. If the patient had a bone graft placed in their foot to repair a Jones fracture, they will also need more time to heal after this procedure, even if it was performed arthroscopically. Some useful tips for recovery are:
If the patient develops a fever or experiences unbearable pain, increased swelling, numbness or tingling, or skin turning purple, they should immediately contact their orthopedic surgeon or physician. Patients who underwent surgery for a Jones fracture must be willing to wait for their foot to fully heal before making any physical effort that may interfere with the healing process. A Jones fracture takes so much time to heal because the blood supply to that area of the bone is reduced, and less blood flow will increase the recovery period.