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Severe pain and swelling after roll of foil paper dropped on foot. Area turned purple. Relief with ice pack

Hi. I dropped a roll of foil paper on the top of my part of my foot and close to my toe . At first my toe and the top of my foot swelled up and turned purple. I iced and rested. I can walk and move my toes and foot. It s been two weeks. The puple has since gone away but there is still swelling sometimes more swelling than others. However, now it gets red and not where the swelling is. Before the injury, I had just started training for a major duathlon I have in November. I can still cycle with little to no pain. But I need to continue my running training but I have not been able to continue to run. When I m barefoot, there s very little pain but when I am wearing shoes the pain is a lot worse.
Asked On : Thu, 28 Jun 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

Well, it seems you had bruising / subcutaneous bleeding which was responsible for the purple discoloration and that has disappeared. I presume the roll of foil was really hard / heavy. Such a fall might result in internal injuries - a soft tissue inflammation / rarely a fracture. X-ray of the foot / ankle can be useful to differentiate and identify true nature of injury.

I would suggest you to start on over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Motrin twice a day for a week and plan to get the X-ray done. Rest adequately and if X-ray reveals no significant abnormality you should be back to normal in a week or two.

Hope this helps.

Wish you speedy recovery

Answered: Thu, 28 Jun 2012
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