Pain in big toe when walking. How to tell a stress fracture or just bruising or something else?

Start with. A visit to your family physician may be the best first step.
Visit the ortho doc. Pain in the big toe when walking can be any number of things. Often there are any number of non-operative measures that one can try to control those symptoms. See your orthopedic doctor to see what is causing the pain and what can be done about it.

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Can I still walk my dog with a boot (for stress fracture of foot)?

Foot fx. This depends on the location of the fracture. As long as it is not a fifth metatarsal jones fracture most likely you can bear weight in a protective boot or shoe. Talk with your doctor to be sure. Read more...

I have pain when I walk on the bottom of my foot at the head of my 4th an 5th metatarsal. I had an xray and didn't see a stress fracture. What is it?

Plantar fasciitis . Painful head of metatarsal area could be joint irritation or tendons, once you have ruled out a fracture. RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation may work well. A short 5 day course of NSAID (Motrin, Ibuprofen, aleve, or naproxen ) may help also. Read more...

Hi, I had my cast off 3 weeks ago after a stress fracture, I now have pain and swelling at side off foot, could it be soft tissue damage?? It's very painful to walk on.

See doctor. If you have new or recurrent pain after a stress fracture, you may have re-injured the area. Try not to bear much weight on the foot, and make an appointment with the doctor who treated your stress fracture. . Read more...
Fracture. You should go back to your doctor for repeat X-rays. . Read more...

I have foot pain on the lateral side of my foot around the fourth and fifth metatarsals when I'm pushing off. Walking barefoot or on flip flops relieves it while wearing sneakers aggravates it. Could it be some kind of neuroma or stress fracture?

Yes. It could be either that you describe. You should have it examined and probably have an x-ray taken to rule out fracture. Read more...
Possibility. Lateral forefoot pain often is caused by "overload" which can produce stress reactions, stress fractures, joint irritation and nerve irritation. Read more...
Possibly. Neuromas, stress fracture, and capsuliitis are the more common complaints in that area of the foot. A podiatrist would easily be able to determine which of these or another condition you had. It is possible that you have less pain unsupported because that is the position your foot has collaped into and the better supported position is uncomfortable because of the injury. Foot pain is not normal. Read more...
Could be. Most likely capsulitis due to hypermobility, get an x-ray to rule out a stress fracture.Neuroma not usual in this area. Read more...