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Injury to top of foot

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Unregistered, May 15, 2009.

  1. Unregistered

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    Yesterday afternoon I was leaving the subway through a heavy metal gate. There were people standing on the opposite side and I said, “Excuse me, coming out.” The guy closest to the door started to move away, lost his balance and fell back on the gate to steady himself. I was cautiously opening the gate and wasn’t pushing with full strengh and the big iron gate came back across the top of my left foot (first metatarsal?). It hurt a lot, but only made a small cut which did not bleed. I came home iced and went about my business including lots of walking and setting in a class for 2 hrs. For good measure, I iced when I got home around 9:00, but it wasn’t very swollen and only slightly tender and I did not take any anti-inflammatory medication.

    When I got up this morning, it looked like a golf ball had been cut in half and inserted under the skin…and it hurt quite a bit. Immediately iced and took 1 - 500 mg Naproxen.

    It is more than 6 hrs later and the swelling and discoloration have increased. I’ve continued to ice in 2 hr intervals. Even sat with my foot above my heart to see if that would reduce the fluid accumulation. Am waiting for my doctor to call back. In the meantime, any additional or different action I should take?
  2. miss-sore-feet

    miss-sore-feet New Member

    ouch.....id say its very sore at the min....you seem to be doing everything the right way maybe its just looking worse before it gets better...let us know how you get on with the doc.
  3. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    Dr. said, “Does it hurt when you walk?” Answer was, “No.” If it did he would have sent me immediately for an x-ray, since it did not, he said from my description it sounded like a hematoma. He said I needed to wrap it with an Ace bandage to stem the swelling, stay off of it, keep it elevated, continue the ice and see him on Monday—or call if it did not improve. I was following “RICE”, but had left out the “C”. I didn’t even own an Ace bandage and thought they were for sprains. Well, that made all the difference in the world! When I got up this morning, the swelling was down and the bruising much lighter so the blood/fluid must be being absorbed into my system. It's not "fixed", but I am relieved! Thanks.
  4. miss-sore-feet

    miss-sore-feet New Member

    Ah well that all has to be good, at least you can see its getting better...keep it elevated, rest and let everyone around you fuss over ya for a couple of days....any chance of that do you think????????:D:D:D

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