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How do I know if heel pain is plantar fasciitis or stress fracture?

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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
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In brief: X-ray.

The best way to know is to get an x-ray of your foot.
Another clue is when it hurts: stress fractures are all the time, while pf hurts most with the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting for a long time.

In brief: X-ray.

The best way to know is to get an x-ray of your foot.
Another clue is when it hurts: stress fractures are all the time, while pf hurts most with the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting for a long time.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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2 doctors agree

In brief: See a podiatrist

Clinical examination and symptoms can typically lead the doc to the diagnosis, but an x-ray is the first definitive test to differentiate the two conditions.
However, stress fractures don't always show up within the first 2-3 weeks of injury, so subsequent follow-up x-rays may be ordered. By the way, you can have both simultaneously. Get checked.

In brief: See a podiatrist

Clinical examination and symptoms can typically lead the doc to the diagnosis, but an x-ray is the first definitive test to differentiate the two conditions.
However, stress fractures don't always show up within the first 2-3 weeks of injury, so subsequent follow-up x-rays may be ordered. By the way, you can have both simultaneously. Get checked.
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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In brief: Get an X-Ray...

That's the real way to tell for sure.

In brief: Get an X-Ray...

That's the real way to tell for sure.
Dr. David Hettinger
Dr. David Hettinger
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Dr. Adam Teichman
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: Xrays/MRI

To address your concern i would recommend seeking medical treatment.
If you are suffering from a stress fracture in heel this is something that should not be ignored. Any stress fracture can develop into a true fracture and prolong recovery and possibly need surgery. So if you think you have a stress fracture again seek medical attention. Visit heelpainnow.Com for more information.

In brief: Xrays/MRI

To address your concern i would recommend seeking medical treatment.
If you are suffering from a stress fracture in heel this is something that should not be ignored. Any stress fracture can develop into a true fracture and prolong recovery and possibly need surgery. So if you think you have a stress fracture again seek medical attention. Visit heelpainnow.Com for more information.
Dr. Adam Teichman
Dr. Adam Teichman
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