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A 20-year-old female asked:

Can you identify between a stress fracture and sesamoiditis without an mri? seeing a dr, but any self test methods/distinguishing factors in pain type

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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Tough: It's difficult to clarify by exam thus the need for additional testing if you really want to know the diagnosis. Nonetheless since treatment is similar, advanced imaging is not absolutely necessary
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Open sesame.: Anyone who has experience in treating sesamoiditis should not have much difficulty in recognizing it. Recognition is easier when only one sesamoid is affected. It is necessary to make sure a sesamoid fracture is not at a possibility. I routinely order specialized views of the sesamoid complex on both feet to identify and compare sesamoid structure on the affected as well as the unaffected foot.

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Last updated Feb 15, 2017

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