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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 27 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.
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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 41 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 32-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 54 years experience
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 34-year-old member asked:

What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 38 years experience
See a podiatrist.: It could be a stress fracture of one of the central metatarsal bones, or just plantar forefoot pain from lack of enough cushioning of the foot. For more cushioning, try spenco standard insoles. If you want the insoles to have arch support as well, use the spenco polysorb cross trainer style.
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