Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Jones fracture

I came across this little gem from 1902:

"SOME months ago, whilst dancing, I trod on the outer sideof my foot, my heel at the moment being off the ground. Some-thing gave way midway down my foot, and I at once suspected arupture of the peroneus longus tendon. By the help of a friend I managed to walk to my cab, a distance of over 300 or 400 yards.The following morning I carefully examined my foot and dis-covered that my tendon was intact. There was a slight swelling over the base of the fifth metatarsal bone. I endeavored to obtainc repitus and failed. A finger on the spot gave exquisite pain. Body pressure on the toes, even the slightest, was painful; butwhen the pressure was deviated to the outer side the pain wasstill greater. Extension of the ankle and flexion of the toes wereimmediately felt at the base of the fifth metatarsal."

This was Sir Robert Jones talking about his fracture that became known as a Jones fracture.

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