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Podiatrist diagnosed 5th metatarsal stress fracture near toe even though it's not on x ray. Pain & swelling when walking and swimming. Could it be tendonitis instead? Can foot heal without an orthopedic shoe, which feels worse than sneaker?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Advanced imaging

You may need advanced imaging such a CT or MRI to clarify the diagnosis.
Would suggest further evaluation with an orthopedic foot specialist

In brief: Advanced imaging

You may need advanced imaging such a CT or MRI to clarify the diagnosis.
Would suggest further evaluation with an orthopedic foot specialist
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Cynthia Villacis
Family Medicine

In brief: Leave ortho shoe on

It is possible to have a fracture that isn't seen on xray.
It is important to follow the podiatrists instructions in order for the stress fracture to heal properly. If there is a problem with the ortho shoe I would recommend letting the podiatrist know to see if there is another option.

In brief: Leave ortho shoe on

It is possible to have a fracture that isn't seen on xray.
It is important to follow the podiatrists instructions in order for the stress fracture to heal properly. If there is a problem with the ortho shoe I would recommend letting the podiatrist know to see if there is another option.
Dr. Cynthia Villacis
Dr. Cynthia Villacis
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