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Hi,

I fell while going up two stairs in my house, I missed one of them (rediculous, I know). I fell forward in my hallway, while my left foot stayed back, twisted the foot/ankle pretty bad.

My husband took me to emergency (cause the pain was so bad). The x-rays came back with no breaks. They put me on crutches, wrapped the ankle in an ace bandage and sent me home. Here we are 9 days later and the pain is worse! It seems each part of the foot hurts (the top of my foot, my big toe, above the arch etc).

I have never had a srain before, so any info you can give would be appreciated!
-how long will this pain stay?
-when do I go back to the doctor (I feel like something more is wrong with my foot).
-how long does it take to heal?
-any idea when I could walk on a sprained foot/ankle?

Thanks in advance for all your help and insight!
Don't wait, you never know if it's worse than you think it is. I sprained my ankle back in June and it was very painful when it happened. I've sprained my ankle before and usually I'll feel fine after a few days, but this time around, the pain lasted for months. I was in and out of PT and was in a cast (after getting an MRI). I just had surgery done to reconstruct the ankle. Turns out when I slipped I completely tore 2 ligaments.

I would get it checked out quickly to reduce the pain and let the healing process begin.
[QUOTE=PDing;3301819]Don't wait, you never know if it's worse than you think it is. I sprained my ankle back in June and it was very painful when it happened. I've sprained my ankle before and usually I'll feel fine after a few days, but this time around, the pain lasted for months. I was in and out of PT and was in a cast (after getting an MRI). I just had surgery done to reconstruct the ankle. Turns out when I slipped I completely tore 2 ligaments.

I would get it checked out quickly to reduce the pain and let the healing process begin.[/QUOTE]


PDing: I got x-rays just a couple of hours after the injury and they showed no breaks. Do you think my pain should've subsided now 9 days after my fall, if the x-rays showed no breaks? or is the pain indicative of something more. I am in alot of pain. Thanks!
[QUOTE=Lilly66;3302034]PDing: I got x-rays just a couple of hours after the injury and they showed no breaks. Do you think my pain should've subsided now 9 days after my fall, if the x-rays showed no breaks? or is the pain indicative of something more. I am in alot of pain. Thanks![/QUOTE]

I was in a very similar situation. I went to the emergency room 4 hours after I sprained my ankle and the doctors took x-rays of my ankle; which showed no fractures nor break. 7 days later and the pain was still very much there so I scheduled an appointment with an Orthopedic Surgeon. After some PT, the issue was still there and then I got an MRI which showed I had completely tore two ligaments.

Maybe you tore some muscles or a ligament, which x-rays won't show clearly. You don't want the torn muscle to scar, it can be painful in the future after it heals. I've ran until my muscles tore and not let it heal properly, it's not fun.

Get it checked out if you're still in pain after that long.
Lilly,

Your story sounds very similar to mine. I took a fall, hurt my foot (above the arch) visited the Dr the next day and had xrays taken - no broken bones...likely soft tissue damage...come back in 2 weeks if it's not better...

I've sprained ankles before - this was not healing up right. I saw my own Dr (the first Dr seen was while I was on vacation) - and he immediately diagnosed my injury as a Lisfranc sprain - better described as torn ligaments in the foot that hold/form the shape of the arch of your foot. It's hard to spot on an x-ray - and is easier spotted if you were putting weight on the injured foot while the x-ray is being taken.

I ended up having surgery and 2 screws put in my foot - but am healing up well at this point.

I started looking for a second opinion when the healing wasn't happening, my foot didn't really want to support me correctly, and my foot had colorful bruising from internal bleeding (bases of my toes had slight purple hue to them).

Any of this sound familiar? Lisfranc is often overlooked and misdiagnosed - so they say.





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