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to wait until Thurs to see GP re foot instead of A&E? (pic)

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Twolefttoes Tue 28-Jul-15 13:15:53

I posted in health but thought I would try here for traffic.

WWYD - wait to see GP on Thurs or get it looked at today, which means A&E? DH has health anxiety and wants me to go to A&E, I think although its very painful it can wait until Thursday.

Pharmacist thinks possible fracture, I don't remember hurting it though and surely I would if there was a break, she was quite positive it wasn't gout...

Can't get in to the GP until Thurs, should I wait or go to A&E (it's not an accident or emergency but no walk in's around here)?

Very painful on the ball of my foot, big toe joint and big toe. Can't bend my big toe, limping etc. It came on over the weekend and getting worse, suddenly developed swelling today and the colour is different to my other foot.

Ibuprofen doing nothing, but if it was broken I don't think they could do anything anyway.

The star on the pic is to hide my hairy toes grin, it's the left foot.

Seeline Tue 28-Jul-15 13:17:57

That will need X raying so no point in going to the GP anyway. I would go to A+E.

CamelHump Tue 28-Jul-15 13:18:14

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Imnotaslimjim Tue 28-Jul-15 13:18:55

Can you get in to see the nurse rather than the GP? They would be able to advise on what to do next, or refer for an x-ray if they felt it was needed

Is the swollen area hot to the touch? Redness swelling and heat indicate infection, but if there is any possibility that there is a fracture you need it xraying asap

Floralnomad Tue 28-Jul-15 13:19:39

That's definitely worthy of an A&E visit , although I would have told the GP it was an emergency and been seen today.

Birdsgottafly Tue 28-Jul-15 13:22:05

That's a A&E issue, no point in going to the GP.

Better to go early afternoon, around now, or tomorrow morning.

Duggee Tue 28-Jul-15 13:22:27

It's possibly cellulitis, is it hot? Have you got any cuts or bites in the area?

Twolefttoes Tue 28-Jul-15 13:22:29

We don't have any walk in centres in the area, just an out of hours gp service but they don't have x-ray facilities.

It is quite hot to touch.

Nativity3 Tue 28-Jul-15 13:22:31

Definitely A and E!

CactusAnnie Tue 28-Jul-15 13:23:25

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Coconutty Tue 28-Jul-15 13:24:04

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ICantThinkOfAUsernameH Tue 28-Jul-15 13:24:57

Ooh ouch.. Could be cellulitis ? I'd go to A&E as if was an infection it may need prompt antibiotics flowers

ImperialBlether Tue 28-Jul-15 13:25:06

Shave your toes!

I would go to A&E - it looks really painful.

Imnotaslimjim Tue 28-Jul-15 13:25:35

If its hot and you're thinking more infection than fracture, the GP or nurse can deal with it but it does have to be today. Cellulitis can spread very quickly and can rapidly become dangerous

TheHouseOnBellSt Tue 28-Jul-15 13:28:21

Go to A&E it will take ages to get seen otherwise,

Twolefttoes Tue 28-Jul-15 13:30:30

I would have shaved my toes if I thought I would be photographing them today grin.

Pain is getting worse as the day is going on, no marks or cuts around it.

Sure if it was broken I would remember doing it, so perhaps it is an infection. I will try and ring the gp again and see if they are more helpful this time. If not, I might do OOH's tonight.

MaxPepsi Tue 28-Jul-15 13:30:36


It could be gout however.

Doesn't look red enough to be cellulitis.

SoupDragon Tue 28-Jul-15 13:32:44

You have absolutely no recollection of hurting it at all...?

If that's the case, I would doubt it was broken. An infected bite or something is a possibility though.

MummaGiles Tue 28-Jul-15 13:32:53

I walked around on a broken foot for three weeks. Go to A&E.

Wibblewobble100 Tue 28-Jul-15 15:14:25

Going against the grain here, but as long as you are well in yourself (ie no fever etc) and not at increased risk of infection for any reason I'd say it can wait til Thursday. Highly unlikely to be broken if you haven't injured it. If you become more unwell or it spreads rapidly then a&e is appropriate.

TiedUpWithString Tue 28-Jul-15 15:26:56

I broke my foot and have no recollection how. Agree A&E.

DoeEyedNear Tue 28-Jul-15 15:29:06

My money's on gout or cellulitis which need to be seen asap really

DoeEyedNear Tue 28-Jul-15 15:29:58

Google image gout

TittyBojangles Tue 28-Jul-15 15:32:01

If it's not an accident or emergency as you say it isn't then don't go to a and e. Just because it MAY need an X-ray that doesn't mean there is no point in going to gp. They can still refer for X-rays.

TattyDevine Tue 28-Jul-15 15:35:45

To be honest I would get this checked out - if you don't remember doing anything that could have fractured it, you might have cellulitis, which you can get from an insect bite, and it can go all the way up your leg. It is incredibly painful and needs an antibiotic drip in hospital to clear. That said if you have that you should start feeling poorly soon, as if you have the flu, fever etc.

Shame you don't have a walk in centre, that'd be ideal. If it is cellulitis you will end up in A&E (or in hospital) anyway.

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