Broken Foot?

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    Nov 15, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Do any of you guys have experience with a broken foot/ankle?

    How would you know if you have a broken foot? I realize that I may need x-rays, but I just hope that I am not freaking out and it may just be a strain.

    The only activity that I think may have caused it was that I took a run on Thursday. Felt fine all Friday. Then Saturday at my job my foot just started to hurt for no reason. My job is on my feet all day. icon_sad.gif

    It only hurts when I walk on it or when I am standing. No bruises or pain besides that. Hurts on the right side of my foot. Maybe it's a hairline fracture.

    Thanks for the help.icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 15, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    See a doctor. No way to know online what you may have. But if it hurts enough for you to post this, I assume it needs to be seen.

    My own father had a slight misstep on our front steps many years ago. He limped for about a week, finally saw his doctor and an x-ray showed a broken metatarsal bone. You just don't know if it's a false alarm or something needing attention.
  • EricLA

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    Nov 16, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    A lot of swelling and being unable to support your weight and a lot of pain when exerting pressure are probably good indicators.

    If you can rotate your foot at the ankle, then it's probably just a sprain. If the pain is too great to move at the ankle, then it could be a break. Or maybe a hairline fracture.

    If you can walk on it, it's probably just a bad sprain.

    But, I agree, if it hurts badly, get it checked out.
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    Nov 16, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
    Probably a sprain but only an x-ray can say for sure.

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    Nov 16, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    If it's really bothering you see a doctor, better safe than sorry. Four years ago I had a mishap with my left knee and ankle when I ran my foot into a construction barricade while riding my motorcycle (long story). Dispite a limp and discomfort, I did not seek medical attention. I still have problems with it.
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    Nov 16, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    You need x-rays to see if it is broken. Bones will start to heal if they are properly set or not. Get it checked out.
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    Nov 16, 2009 4:40 AM GMT

    No, but if you break your heart.....
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    Nov 16, 2009 4:58 AM GMT
    Stress fracture?? See a Dr. bud
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Nov 16, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    I've only sprained my ankle in the past, and it was always due to a misstep followed by a roll.

    Personally, I would think sprain because the only strenuous activity you did was running on it, it wasn't run over by a car or anything. But I'm not an orthopedic specialist by any means. Go see a doctor.
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    Nov 16, 2009 7:55 AM GMT
    Ive broken the 5th metatrasal in my right foot before and its a bitch! Trust me you'll know it even if its hairline and a clean break. usually you can't hold your own weight and you will feel that it is easier to walk with your weight if you have something pressing in on the side where the pain is coming from. weird but yeah. most likely a small break. good luck. GET A WALKING Cast!!! Wish I had that when I fucked up my foot. that old school cast sucked horribly!
  • RSportsguy

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    Nov 16, 2009 10:09 AM GMT
    A broke a bone in my foot playing basketball. At first I thought it was just a sprain but the pain got progressively worse. I ended up in a cast for 3 weeks!! I would get it checked out as soon as possible so you don't do anymore damage to the area! Good luck!
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    Nov 16, 2009 10:57 AM GMT
    I broke my left fifth metatarsal a few years ago and was in a walking cast for three months. No running, and I had to contend with the added annoyance of slogging through one of the worst New England winters in recent memory.

    Even though there was no apparent, decisive moment when something may have snapped, you could have a stress fracture, a common overuse injury among runners. A doctor can tell you with the help of some xrays. You don't want to fool around with the healing process.


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    Nov 16, 2009 10:05 PM GMT
    Yea, I guess I'm going to have to get some x-rays done next week.

    Problem is if there would be something wrong that required surgery, I wouldn't know how to find time to recover besides the holidays. icon_sad.gif

    Oh, well. icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 16, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    The quicker you see a doctor, the quicker you will be on the road to recovery. All the best, bro.
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    Nov 24, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    Update: Foot healed by itself. Yay!

    Didn't want to deal with an insurance headache anyways.

    Curious, though, if I actually did have a stress fracture. Foot hurt for like a week, but yesterday it got all better and doesn't hurt one bit.
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    Nov 25, 2009 9:02 AM GMT
    Hi Latin,

    I swear I'm trying not to piss on your parade, but I found out the hard way that just because the symptoms and inflammation of an injury goes down doesn't mean it's cured. Ease back into your routine...I use 45 minutes of pain free walking as a guage of whether or not I should be doing anything more strenuous.

    Good luck!