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

Nothing. The difference is in severity of pain. This is a more common cause of forefoot pain than morton's neuroma.
Several. A stress fracture is a break/crack in the cortex(shell) of the bone. It can lead to a omplelete fracture if care is not taken to protect the foot from additional trauma/overuse. Metatarsalgia is an inflammatory process. This can sometimes proceed a stress fracture. Both need to be treated to prevent more serious injury. See your foot doctor. Dr l.

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

Good question. A stress fracture is a nondisplaced fracture of the bone that occurs after repeated microtrauma. It may be hard to see on standard x-rays. Metatarsalgia is a fairly nonspecific term that refers to pain underneath the metatarsal heads where the toes meet the foot. There can be multiple causes for both of these see a orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. www.orthodoc.aaos.org/footankle. Read more...
Metatarsal pain. Metatarsal pain can be caused by stress fractures. The term metatarsalgia just means inflammation of the metatarsals. You need x-rays and to be evaluated by your podiatrist. Read more...
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...

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

Not the same. A stress fracture is a break in the bone.Metatarsalgia is a catch all diagnosis for pain in the metatarsals. Read more...
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...
Fracture. See my other answer on the history of the stress fracture. Stress or pathological fracture is a non displaced fracture . That is no bone shift takes place. Metatarsalgia is a catch all term for forefoot pain for a variety of causes or reasons. Read more...