I injured my foot on Sunday and ended up going to the ER. After they lectured me about not having a primary doctor and for coming in to the ER when it wasn't an emergency (suggesting I was wasting their time with my trivial injury), they prodded the light bruise and swelling/lump on the top of my foot, got me X-Rayed then (after finding nothing broken) sent me home with a wrapped foot, crutches and instructions to stay off the foot for a few days with the diagnosis of a bad bruise or a sprain.
Now, my question is How can I have a "badly bruised foot" when there's hardly a bruise on it? I mean there's a brownish-yellow one at the base of my toes (and actually on my middle toe) and a light greenish-blue one on the outer side but that's all. The swelling is there as is tenderness on the top and instep of my foot but hardly a bruise.
Is it possible that it's injured worse even though there isn't much bruising??
The reason I ask is, I can't flex my foot towards my leg. Pain spikes in the instep when I try, which is part of the reason why I can't walk on it. I can't flex it forward too much because then pain spikes on the top. The pain I felt when I initially had the accident was the same kind of pain, though not QUITE as intense, as when I gave myself a grade II sprained ankle two years ago.
I could limp, albeit heavily, out to my car and into my house after the accident and, with the exception of a small window where I couldn't bear weight at all, for the rest of the night with the help of a cane (which came in handy while at the ER for 5.5hrs with no one to push me in a wheelchair).
So, why is it I can't bear weight now??
I realize that none of us are in the medical profession but I would really appreciate your opinions. Please be nice; I didn't want to go to urgent care and ask only to be made to feel like I was wasting their time too... It really wasn't a good experience. :o)
Answer by TexasMama2Boys at 12:50 AM on Apr. 20, 2011
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