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Suggest remedies for pain in foot post an injury

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: hi. I hurt my ankle. Last night I woke up with a XXXXXXX horse in my left calf, jumped out of bed to walk it out, but suddenly my left leg gave out and when I went down my right leg went in and I fell and all my weiht went on to that ankle. I heard a pop and experienced excruciating pain. The outside of my ankle around the bone is swollen and I have some tingling in my foot along with some pain that runs up the outside of my leg to my knee. I did ice it on and off today, but didn't stay completely down. Should I even go to the dr or just keep icing/elevating it.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You need to get an X-ray done.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
You have heard a pop and there is swelling on the outside of ankle. After a sudden cramp on the foot, appearance of pain, swelling with skin color changes, tenderness, etc are all indicative of hematoma formation either due to a soft tissue injury or due to a hairline fracture.
For diagnosis it is important to get an x-ray foot and a MRI scan of the area done. X-rays are very sensitive for picking up any fracture and MRI is one of the best tests for ruling out and identifying soft tissue injuries in the area of fall.
I recommend you to consult an Orthopedician for proper examination and required investigations.
Meanwhile -
1. Do a cold compress on the area of injury.
2. Avoid weight bearing on the foot.
3. Keep the foot elevated on two pillows while resting.
4. Get some mild pain killers prescribed from your doctor.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

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Brief Answer: You need to get an X-ray done. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. You have heard a pop and there is swelling on the outside of ankle. After a sudden cramp on the foot, appearance of pain, swelling with skin color changes, tenderness, etc are all indicative of hematoma formation either due to a soft tissue injury or due to a hairline fracture. For diagnosis it is important to get an x-ray foot and a MRI scan of the area done. X-rays are very sensitive for picking up any fracture and MRI is one of the best tests for ruling out and identifying soft tissue injuries in the area of fall. I recommend you to consult an Orthopedician for proper examination and required investigations. Meanwhile - 1. Do a cold compress on the area of injury. 2. Avoid weight bearing on the foot. 3. Keep the foot elevated on two pillows while resting. 4. Get some mild pain killers prescribed from your doctor. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal