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Foot injury, pain. Possibility of foot joint dislocated? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 14-Mar-2013
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User:I have questions regarding foot bones
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:A few years ago I hit the back part of my foot (probably the calcaneus) area hard
User:and it hurt for a few days
User:or maybe more than a week i'm not sure
User:I could still walk and everything
User:is there any possibility that my foot joint could have been dislocated at that time?
User:this question might sound quite silly
User:I'm just REALLy curious
User:no other reason
Doctor:do not worry, it is alright
Doctor:you can ask any question
User:no dislocation right?
User:I mean what happens if your foot bone gets dislocated?
User:any part of your foot bone
Doctor:If your foot bone gets dislocated, you will not be able to walk
User:so at that time what I experienced was just
Doctor:and you will have a deformity permanently if that dislocation was not corrected
User:and deformity also interferes with walking right?
User:and is visible?
User:yes to all three questions above?
Doctor:yes to all the three questions
User:so if I bump any part of my foot anywhere and experience pain but can walk and everything, then that means it's just a minor bruise?
User:and no matter how many times I bump my foot like that the bone won't be swollen or anythign?
Doctor:or may be some minor soft tissue or ligament injury
User:oh ligaments right
Doctor:which will heal on its own in a coule of weeks at the most
User:and it's got nothing to do with swollen bones right?
Doctor:I mention ligaments because foot is fool of ligaments
User:oh i see
Doctor:yes, it has got nothing to do with swollen bones
User:and swollen bones are for special cases like tumors right?
Doctor:I mean the foot is full of ligaments
Doctor:yes, usually, swollen bones mean there some sort of a extra growth
User:so no matter how many times I bump my foot hard the shape and position of my foot bones will stay the same right?
Doctor:if there was no dislocation or fracture any time, yes your foot bones will retain their shape
User:how about minor fractures? like a little line showing on x-rays? do you think that could have happened to me?
Doctor:if at all there was an obvious fracture which you ignored, then while healing the fracture may unite wrongly leading to a deformity
User:so if you get a fracture like that (even small ones) you wont' be able to walk for a few days?
Doctor:yes, there is a possibility of a minor hair line fracture
User:but hair line fracture won't change the shape or position will it?
Doctor:but any fracture no matter how small would have caused a tremendous amount of pain and huge swelling
User:i see but no change in shape or position right?
Doctor:hairline fracture generally heal well but in the foot, even if there was a hair line fracture, if untreated would have become a serious issue right away, because any fracture no matter how trivial would not allow you to walk with bearing weight
User:but since I was able to walk it wasn't even a hairline fracture right?
Doctor:yes, but you would have known if you had a hairline fracture
User:i see and another very silly question.....
Doctor:yes. that is what i meant
Doctor:okay, go ahead
User:can these foot bone fractures, or what so ever affect your height measurement?
Doctor:No, they should not affect your height measurment
User:so you don't get shorter or taller?
Doctor:simple because, if you had had a fracture in the foot bones, you would invariably land up in a hospital where you would be treated properly
Doctor:so you do not get any deformity.
User:your bones always (regardless of fractures / heals / etc) stay the same size?
Doctor:even if there was a deformity, it should be one where your foot becomes completely flat
User:so my cousin who's had a fracture long time ago doesn't have to calculate either + - any mm?
Doctor:No, if there are fractures in the growing ends(Epiphysial) plate, then there could be restricted growth of that particular bone
Doctor:but the other side will be normal
User:fractures and deformity cannot make him grow taller though right? (silly question sorry)
Doctor:in millimeters, yes there could be a difference, but not grossly.
Doctor:yes, fractures and deformity will not make him grow taller
User:sorry, the' millimeters ' you just mentioned is associated with getting shorter not taller right?
User:cuz I've never heard of anyone with increased height after foot fracture too
Doctor:yes, millimeters will also be only shorter, never taller
User:thank you so much doctor
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