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what is the difference between a stress fractures on the metatarsal and metatarsalgia

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ameglio
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Nothing: The difference is in severity of pain. This is a more common cause of forefoot pain than morton's neuroma.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See below: A stress fracture is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is pain in the bones due to stress and may lead to a stress fracture.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Bluman
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Good question: A stress fracture is a nondisplaced fracture of the bone that occurs after repeated microtrauma. It may be hard to see on standard x-rays. Metatarsal ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ettinger
48 years experience Podiatry
Not the same: A stress fracture is a break in the bone.Metatarsalgia is a catch all diagnosis for pain in the metatarsals.
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