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Pain, numbness in foot after falling from stairs. Is it strain or fracture?

I took a fall down stairs today and landed hard on the part of my foot between the arch & heel on the last step. Pain immediately but was able to get up and walk around all night. Now I have much pain and slight numbness of my arch and outside edge of my foot. A little behind my ankle too. Could it be a simple strain or do I need to worry about some sort of fracture .
Asked On : Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello,
Thanks for writing to us.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture.

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

In the interim,apply ice packs to the affected area,anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid putting weight and rest well.

Wishing you good health...
Regards.
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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