How serious is an undiagnosed stress fracture?

stress fracture. Depends entirely on the location. Some stress fractures will heal almost regardless of treatment and don't even require significant activity modification (example: midshaft fibula). Others can progress to a complete fracture which if it displaces can be very serious (example: femoral neck).

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How serious is a stress fracture to your fifth metatarsal?

Any fracture serious. A stress fracture of your fifth metatarsal will usually heal if given proper treatment. However, these occasionally will go on to become non-healing fractures that cause chronic pain. In these cases surgery is occasionally needed. I would consult with a orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at www.Aofas.Org. Read more...
Serious. Most often, these fractures heal without surgery. It may require a period of immobilization, and may benefit from use of a bone stimulator to speed up healing. Read more...
5th metatarsal. It is important that you see a physician and have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome. Read more...

I'm a serious tumbler and have a pretty noticable pain in the pinky side of my wrist. Am I getting another stress fracture or sist?

It's possible. If you have already had a stress fracture, you would be at higher risk for another one. This does not sound like a cyst. I would advise to be aware of the female athletic triad of disordered eating, lack of a period and bone thinning. If you have lost your period, you are not getting enough calories and are putting your bones at risk. You should see a sports med doctor to evaluate your wrist. Read more...
Stress fractures. ca occur but more typically in the long bones, however a nondisplaced fracture in the wrist can occur as well, Another common source of ulnar sided ( little finger) wrsit ain is the cartilage and ligaments on that side. Tendons can also be irritated from too much loading and the tendon can even tear a bit. tendon and ligament boney avulsion injuries near the wrist can be sore, See PCP or handdoc. Read more...

I’m experiencing pain in one shin. At first I thought it was shin splints. But when touched in a certain spot, there is severe pain. Stress fracture?

May be Osgood-Schlat. Tera disease. Pain is at the anterior tibial tuberosity. Most common in active athletes. Pain will usually resolve on own. Most prominent on bump about 2" below knee cap when you push in on it. Read up on it on www.mayoclinic.com or www.johnshopkins.com. Read more...
Possibly. There are multiple potential causes, and among them could certainly be a stress fracture. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. Read more...