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injured foot and pain - any advice?

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daisychicken Thu 01-Oct-09 09:42:52

Hi.. am just looking for some advice (or even for someone to say "it's normal!"..

Last week I stupidly tripped over my foot - literally caught it under myself and heard a loud click. I couldn't put any weight on it but as long as I didn't try then there was no real pain. I went to A&E and had an x-ray which showed that there were no broken bones (just signs of an old break) and they thought I had just badly bruised my foot. I came home with crutches and instructions to rest for a few days.

Since the weekend, I have had a lot of pain - I can weight bear now and walk slowly round the house without my crutches (getting to the loo/kitchen etc!) without much problem. But sitting down or at night in bed my foot is so painful - I can't get comfy and the pain is all over. I am taking ibrufen (all I have in house and dh when sent out to get me paracetamol.. came back with more ibrufen) but it doesn't seem to even touch the pain and I am struggling to sleep at night.

I have never broken a bone or even bruised myself like this before so can anyone say if this pain is normal 9 days later? Is there anything I can do to help myself?

thanks

kreecherlivesupstairs Thu 01-Oct-09 12:46:11

I'd either go back to the hospital or see your GP. I once tore some ligaments in my foot, the doctor I saw said it was more painful than a fractured bone. I didn't hear a crack when I did it, but it hurt like billyo. In the meantime Iwould advocate the rice approach. REST. ICE. COMPRESSION. ELEVATION.

daisychicken Thu 01-Oct-09 19:23:35

Thanks for your advice... I am guessing that if it is a ligament then they can't do much? Dh is away so will have to wait till next week before I see my GP. Will rest and elevate my foot as much as I can!

ohnelly Fri 02-Oct-09 14:35:24

Hi are you putting your leg up in bed? put some pillows under it to keep it elevated while you sleep. Ive got a broken ankle at the moment and it slipped off the pillows in the night and was so painful because it was flat on the bed, it woke me up. Maybe you should still use your crutches around the house till it feels better before you start to put some weight on it?

alypaly Fri 02-Oct-09 19:54:45

you have so many bones in your foot a small break is possible to miss. go back and get it re-xrayed.

You say you have signs of an old break...how long ago was that as it unusual to see that a long time after.

You can buy diclofenac tablets over the counter now and they are brilliant for pain and inflammation as long as you have ne stomach problems

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