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please help! what is the difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal, and metatarsalgia?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
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.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Describe difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal, and metatarsalgia?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Not the same: A stress fracture is a break in the bone.Metatarsalgia is a catch all diagnosis for pain in the metatarsals.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a stress fracture on the metatarsal and one on the metatarsalgia?

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Dr. Eric Bluman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
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. Metatarsalgia is a fairly nonspecific term that refers to pain underneath the metatarsal heads where the toes meet the foot. There can be multiple causes for both of these see a orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. www.orthodoc.aaos.org/footankle.

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