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What is the cure for swollen knee after a fall and why am I unable to straighten my leg?

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Hello. I fell a week ago on concrete. My leg slid backwards and my body fell on top of it. I got a cut on my big toe and I got a large round scrape on my knee. I have been hobbling around since then with a little pain in my ankle and my knee. I have been treating the wounds. The knee wound seems to be healing but the toe wound is getting worse and has puss. My leg (from left knee down and including my foot and toe) has swollen and some skin areas are a little pink. I have not been able to straighten the leg since I fell and the knee is swollen for sure. Should I just keep treating the cuts and wait for the swelling to go down? I am 53 years old.
Posted Sat, 4 Jan 2014 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Fatbardha Sejdini 59 minutes later
Brief Answer: Reports show infected toe... Detailed Answer: Hi, If the wounds of your knee have healed but your knee is still swollen, I'd suggest to apply blended onion with salt over the swollen area and bandage it. Keep it overnight and repeat again the next day. I have seen the reports of your toe, it shows the signs of abscess (infection). I'd suggest to get it cleaned by a surgeon and then, can take care of it by yourself. Until you go to the surgeon, I'd advise to: - clean your toe with warm water and soap - dry it well - apply otc betaine 10% - apply otc black ointment for 2 consecutive days - bandage it Within 2 days, the pus will be drained and you would need local antibiotic to apply. All the best! Dr.Bardha
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