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Doctor insights on: Stress Fractures Metatarsal Metatarsalgia

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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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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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Metatarsalgia or metatarsal fracture? Can you tell without taking an x-ray?

Metatarsalgia or metatarsal fracture?  Can you tell without taking an x-ray?

Xray : A fracture or broken bone is usually very painful where as metatarsalgia is often mild to moderately painful. That being said, pain is a very subjective thing therefore an x-ray should be taken , as an x-ray is very diagnostic for these two conditions. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a stress fracture of the metatarsal goes away?

Approximately 6 week: Pain can go away before this time but on average take 2 weeks in either direction. I am a big fan of making sure vitamin d levels are within normal range after dignosing someone with a stress fracture. Over 90% of the time i fing them to be deficient or insufficient. ...Read more

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What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

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. ...Read more

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What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: It is a break in one of the 5 long bones that is just behind the toes. Usually happens from excessive pressure or trauma. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

X-ray and exam. : Most stress fractures in the foot will have local tenderness to the bone. An x-ray will usually show if you have a stress fracture or not. If the stress fracture is new it may not show up on an x-ray for 2-3 weeks. In the early period an MRI would be able to show if you have a stress fracture or not. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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. Helene Nguyen
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Metatarsalgia (Definition)

Metatarsalgia is a broad term used to describe pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. The most common causes are overuse during physical activity, tight fitting footwear with an elevated heel, and those who run barefoot when ...Read more