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can you have a broken foot without swelling

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Everyone responds to this differently. Try rice and nsaids to help decrease your swelling. Also minimize your weightbearing on that foot. Best of luck ... Read More

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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Depends on treatment: It could take up to 1 year.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Gravity.: Swelling may increase when you foot is in a dependent position because it has a harder time moving up against gravity. Swelling may last several week ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Not sure: If you have a fracture there will always be some swelling.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: This is possible, for example a stress fracture of the foot can occur in runners or military personnel, without any overt swelling or bruising. If yo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Usually no: To have fracture or torn ligament in the wrist usually need some kind of injury and cause swelling.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Yes it is: Possible.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
X-ray: Is next logical step....
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
X-ray: An x-ray is really needed to rule out a fracture
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Fracture: You can walk on it if the bone is non weight bearing like the fibula. My question is. Why would you want to? It may not heal in correct position or at ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
Yes: The best way to know if you have a fracture is by having an xray.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Broken Ankle: No you shouldn't walk on it if you want it to heal the correct way and not prolong the healing.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of th ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Johnston-Jones
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Possibly: Depending on pain tolerance and the extent of injury, some people can walk/put weight on an ankle that has an avulsion fracture (where a ligament is s ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Fagan
Dr. Kim Fagan answered
33 years experience Sports Medicine
Unusual: Unusual but not unheard of especially in the case of stress fractures. As a sports medicine physician i see numerous stress fractures in athletes/act ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Sands
48 years experience Family Medicine
Very difficult: If your wrist is swollen and /or tender - you need an xr - MRI probably not indicated and much more expensive - urgent care clinics are probably going ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michele Colon
25 years experience Podiatry
No.: You need an xray to verify a fracture.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Foot injury: A fracture will put you out at least 6 weeks. A contusion may only be a week.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Pretty quickly: But don't use swelling as the determining factor of whether or not you broke it. Have an x-ray if the injury was bad enough you think you broke it.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Yes : Happens frequently.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Bluman
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Have Neuropathy?: Any significant injury to the achilles will be painful unless you have neuropathy preventing normal pain sensation.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Age: Tendons can degenerate w/ age , overuse, steroid use etc. " bone islands " are not infrequently seen on MRI scans and often asymptomatic. Avascular ne ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Knee Pain: See my health guide on this site. http://www.avvo.com/health-guides/dr-mark-gallands-conservative-care-of-knee-osteoarthritis then seek the advi ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
X-ray & med eval: The only way to definitively differentiate is with an x-ray and a medical evaluation.

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