Owww! My foot! A & E?
Treeskater · 05/07/2017 00:39
Stupidly rolled my foot today on uneven ground and the pain is now so bad it's keeping me awake! The top of my foot is swollen and I have cramping all up my calf. It hurts to drive and put weight on it. What have I done??? Have to take DS for a hospital appointment tomorrow - would I be wasting doctors' valuable time if I popped to A&E whilst I was there? There no minor injuries clinic at my local hospital and I don't fancy the drive anywhere further!
OrlandaFuriosa · 05/07/2017 00:47
Ok, first reduce any swelling, so take some ibuprofen. Put a wrapped icepack or frozen peas ( better) on it, for 20 mins on, then off. Rest it, pref elevated. If necessary use a compression stocking though I don't usually. ( the Rice formula )
See how it is in the morning,
Look up foot on this website , I've found it useful.
AlmostAJillSandwich · 05/07/2017 01:00
A lot of breaks to bones in the foot don't require plaster, and will just be rest and time. Much better to get an emergency GP appointment if you can, as in most cases an X-ray isn't required to diagnose a break that would need a plaster. You'll also avoid the 4 hour or more wait in A+E, to almost certainly get the same advice you'd get from your GP.
Broken11Girl · 05/07/2017 01:47
Jill um I broke my foot and had to persuade them to x-ray. It wasn't visibly deformed, bruised spectacularly but that took days to show up. I needed a plaster cast.
OP, please don't listen to the 'don't go to A&E unless you're having a heart attack or a limb is hanging off' brigade. My foot felt like a bag of broken glass. I could barely limp around on it. I wouldn't have been able to sleep either. Painkillers, put it up, frozen sweetcorn is great. Go to A&E tomorrow, if you're taking your DC to hospital anyway there's nothing to lose. And I'm sorry about the c25k, I was training for a charity bike ride when I broke mine so feel you
stonecircle · 05/07/2017 03:41
I rolled my foot badly last year - stood on the edge of a pothole. I hobbled around in a lot of pain for a week then finally went for an x-ray as the pain just wasn't subsiding.
I had an avulsion fracture which is where the ligaments are stretched so much by the roll they come away from the bone taking a small piece of bone with them. I was in an air boot for about 6 weeks. I would definitely get it looked at.
enterthedragon · 05/07/2017 04:02
If the pain is on top of the foot then it could be a number of things, fractured metatarsal, Lisfranc injury, sprain, soft tissue damage.
If you develope bruising on the sole of your foot then that would indicate a possible Lisfranc injury, which can be difficult to diagnose with a non weight bearing xray (unless its blatantly obvious), more subtle Lisfranc injuries may require weight bearing xray and/or a CT scan.
If I were you I wouldn't hesitate to go to a&e,
catloony · 05/07/2017 09:23
I rolled over on my foot, top of foot swollen and unable to put weight on it. I went to A&E and they said it was the right thing to do, I'd cracked the cuboid bone and was in an air boot for 6 weeks. Someone I know broke a small bone in there foot and 18 months later are still having issues. Don't risk long term issues because they can happen
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