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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

How can I tell the difference between a stress fracture, patellar tendonitis and shin splints?

Location: For one would differentiate between patellar tendonitis and shin splints.
Stress f/x and shin splints is a little more difficult. Sometimes an astute clinician could use a tuning fork to aid in diagnosis, an MRI would differentiate, xrays on first shooting may not be helpful. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture, how to know the difference?

Peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture, how to know the difference?

Location of pain: Tendonitis will also affect the peroneal muscle so the whole side of your leg will hurt. A stress fracture should only hurt in a localized area. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in pain between a metatarsal stress fracture and tendinitis in the foot?

Is there a difference in pain between a metatarsal stress fracture and tendinitis in the foot?

Not really: They can feel similar. A clinical exam helps best to determine one from the other as Xray does not always show stress fracture. Best to see a foot specialist ...Read more

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

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

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

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How can I distinguish between peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture?

How can I distinguish between peroneal tendonitis or lateral malleolus stress fracture?

Clinically: By palpation an astute clinician appreciates the difference in anatomical location which can be subtle as the proximity of the two is obvious, diagnostic testing such as MRI would differentiate. But, kep in mind treatment can be similiar, so if you go into a cam walker boot you should heal either and don't really have to know which it is. Tendonitis is the more common of the two. ...Read more

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Foot stress fracture 7 months ago had bone scan but my foot still hurts when I walk doc says its tendonitis don't know?

Foot stress fracture 7 months ago had bone scan but my foot still hurts when I walk doc says its tendonitis don't know?

Stress Fracture?: Stress fracture can present as you described. Discuss the results of the scan with your doctor and don't be afraid to look for a second opinion, it always helps. ...Read more

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Been having foot pain - lateral aspect of the proximal fifth metatarsal shaft, for ~2.5 months now. Not tendonitis or a stress fracture. I have my orthopedist and physical therapist stumped. Worse with activity, a lot better with rest. Any ideas?

Been having foot pain - lateral aspect of the proximal fifth metatarsal shaft, for ~2.5 months now. Not tendonitis or a stress fracture. I have my orthopedist and physical therapist stumped. Worse with activity, a lot better with rest. Any ideas?

Mechanical pain: From your symptoms, it is not a tumor, an infection, a nerve injury, nor an inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is mechanical pain and could still be a hidden fracture. An MRI may show the problem. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between tendinitis, bursitis or stress fracture?

From a radiology: Standpoint it is simple. An MRI will easily distinguish between those three abnormalities. ...Read more

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Dr. Said I had a stress fracture that healed itself on my small toes area-how come I didn't know? 1/16 ankle tendinitis could that be similar pain?

Stress fracture: Is not a complete farcture or broken bone. The evidence of a previous stress fracture can be picked up sometimes on xray, CT scan or even MRI. You may have only noticed some joint pain or tenderness and it may not have caused you a lot of pain. It could result from a fall, trauma like stubbing your toe really hard or an increase in activity. If it did not bother you, you may have healed quickly. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between a stress fracture of metatarsals and a ligament tear?

How do you tell the difference between a stress fracture of metatarsals and a ligament tear?

X-ray: An x-ray will tell you if you have a fracture although sometimes it does not show for 10 days after injury. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and a strained tendon in the foot?

How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and a strained tendon in the foot?

An x-ray: Would be helpful, sometimes serial x-rays are needed. This is when an x-ray is taken and then repeated a week or 2 later. An MRI for sure can tell the difference. Finally, a good clinician based on clinical exam and history can often times make a highly educated guess. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture?

How to tell the difference between a shin splint or stress fracture?

Shin pain: "shin splint" typically refers to pain on the front of the lower leg, . Pain in this area may come from medial tibial stress syndrome (mtss), stress fractures, or compartment syndrome. Identifying the underlying reason for your pain can then help with a specific plan of care. Treatments usually consist of rest, stretching, ice, massage, or orthotics. (drmarkgalland. Com). ...Read more

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

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

Stress fracture: Is a break in the bone. Metatarsalgia is a general term for pain to the metatarsal head regions. Someone can have pain to the met heads from a skinny fat pad, or a bursitis etc it is a generic term. ...Read more

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

Stress fracture: Stress fracture is a term from ww 2. Men were inducted, sent on forced marches with heavy packs and having pain. X rays were negative until 2-3 weeks went by and healing line seen. That was the fracture line. These became known as stress fractures as other doctors learned of this. Metatarsalgia is a catch all term for forefoot pain at the met head area for many reasons. ...Read more

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Between a stress fracture and tendontis, how do you tell the difference?

Between a stress fracture and tendontis, how do you tell the difference?

Bone vs. Soft tissue: Stress fracture involves injurying a bone and most of time is detected by xray. Tendonitis is inflammation of soft tissue structure tendon. The inflammation may be clinical diagnosis by examination or sometimes could entail ultrasound or mr examination. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

Severity: Stress fractures develop over time due to excessive demand placed on a bone. A stress reaction is a stage in the development of a stress fracture. ...Read more

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What's the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

What's the difference between shin splint and stress fracture?

A stress fracture: Is a crack in the outer layer of the bone. (think eggshell), shin splints are micro tears of the attachments of the muscle to the bone.... ...Read more

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What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

Bone involment: Shin splint is an increase to comparmental psressure within the different comparments of the leg, it does not involve the bone. An stress fx involves the boneof the leg, the tibia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and strain?

What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and strain?

Bone and soft tissue: Fractures are breaks or cracks in bones whereas soft tissue structures like ligaments, tendons and muscles are what strain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?

Muscle vs. Bone: Shin splints are a condition due to a strain or inflammation of teh anterior tibialis muscle or tendon. Stress fracture is a small non-displaced fracture (break) of a bone due to repetitive trauma. ...Read more

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What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

Shin splints is a: General term for shin pain, usually after sports or exercise. Stress fractures are one specific cause of shin pain and so are often listed as a cause of "shin splints". ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and a lumbar strain?

What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and a lumbar strain?

Strain: Fracture implies that bone tissue is compromised whereas strain the bone is not compromised but rather ligaments and muscles are involved. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more