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What are the symptoms of a broken bone in the foot?

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Posted on Fri, 22 May 2015
Question: How do I know if bone on top of foot is broken? I dropped a heavy object on it a week ago. There is only a slight bruise and the swelling is gone. But today it won't stop tingling not numb just constant tingle what does that mean?
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Best way is get an x-ray done.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for your query.

If the foot is broken, it is very painful to walk. There is too much swelling and it is tender(painful) to touch. If there is any doubt , then best way is get an x-ray done.

Tingling could be due to injury to superficial nerve fibers. It will go off gradually as the healing occurs.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saurabh Gupta (5 minutes later)
It's not painful to walk on. Nor painful to the touch trying to avoid X-ray costs if not needed. I have had a broken foot in the past the 5th metatarsal but this is top of foot upper part away from toes.

What are consequence of no X-ray if it is broke?

Does tingling indicate healing? It has been 8 days since accident occurred.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Seems to be soft tissue injury

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

From description it seems to be soft tissue injury ,not broken bones.
If it is broken bone, it needs immobilization.
Tingling indicates healing.

Wishing you speedy recovery.

Warm regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What are the symptoms of a broken bone in the foot?

Brief Answer: Best way is get an x-ray done. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. If the foot is broken, it is very painful to walk. There is too much swelling and it is tender(painful) to touch. If there is any doubt , then best way is get an x-ray done. Tingling could be due to injury to superficial nerve fibers. It will go off gradually as the healing occurs. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care