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How to know if i have tendonitis or a stress fracture?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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You can't know: Where is the pain? It is difficult to answer this question without specifics. Have a doctor evaluate the issue.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and tendonitis?

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Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
X-ray: They may co-exist but by definition a stress fracture will typically be confirmed by some imaging technique, usually plain x-ray but possibly MRI or bone scan. The diagnosis can be made but not confirmed in the absence of positive imaging if the history is right and no other diagnoses fit.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

What would be the differences between tendonitis and a 5th metatarsal stress fracture?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Fracture=bone: A stress fracture would be an injury to the bone - basically a crack in the bone, like a crack in a vase. Tendonitis is a condition of the tendon, in which the tendon is inflammed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you have a stress fracture?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on xray exams if there is suspicion of a possible stress fracture, an MRI would best show the injury a bone scan would be helpful but is not as specific for location as the MRI would be.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have a navicular stress fracture?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
See below: Pain and swelling in area are some signs. See podiatrist for complete examination and evaluation.

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