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Possible misdiagnosed sprain?

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Unregistered, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Unregistered

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    My left foot hurts along the outside from the toe through the arch. The pad closest the fourth and fifth metatarsals is also painful And my foot has a portion that kind of sticks out past the fifth toe more than on the uninjured foot. It is more of a constant dull ache than a stabbing pain. If I try to wiggle or spread my toes the fourth and fifth do not move. It hurts more with walking fast than with running and a sharp pain if I try to stand on my toes to reach for something. It started in June when I jumped down on the side of my foot while wearing flip-flops. It swelled up so much I could hardly get my boots on. After a couple days the length of my foot turned purple and the top of my foot turned green, the three smaller toes had bruises between them. It is no longer swollen or bruised but the pain is still there. I had gone to the clinic for this immediately, told it was only a sprain, and to ice it, elevates it, and take Motrin. A few days later, I went back and was told that I just needed to let it heal on its own, and this could take a few weeks.
    I went in again to see a doctor and was given an appointment with a physical therapist for treating the sprain. My appointment is in 2 weeks. Does a physical therapist seem like the right doc for the job? I suppose if he is not he will get me to the right person, but I am hoping to get some feedback on other possibilities than a sprain.
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    It sounds to me as if the diagnosis of sprain was offered possibly because the doctor didn't know what your problem really was. If it is a sprain, the next fact should be a statement of which ligament or at the very least, which joint. Until a real, pin-point diagnosis is made, it would be difficult to say whether or not therapy physical is the appropriate treatment. Forums are poor venues for offering diagnoses, so I think instead you need to question your doctor for pertinent information.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009

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