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Sore swollen foot after a fall. Do I need to take an x-ray? What is the recovery period?

Hi I fell down stairs a week ago and my foot was really sore I have had a lot of swelling though I could walk on it with a limp but no bruising. It is still swelled and stiff when I flex my toes upwards towards my knees. I didnt ice it at the time as was really busy decorating but am a bit worried as to wether I sould have had it xrayed. How long will it take to stop swelling and feel ok .
Asked On : Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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Hi and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your question...

Since you seem to have significant swelling and a limp, there is a likelyhood of a fracture. It is better to take an X-ray and clarify. Recovery period depends on the type of injury - whether it is a soft tissue injury (like a muscle tear or ligament injury) or a fracture. Rest and immobilization of the affected area will help reduce the swelling and heal faster.

Wish you all the best.

- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Thu, 11 Oct 2012
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