A 55-year-old female asked:
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is it necessary to see a doctor for a sprained foot? i fell and now it hurts to walk on that foot and it is bruised and swollen. i have it elevated and ice packs about every thirty minutes. i cannot put full pressure on it to walk.

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Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Sprain: if it is getting better you do not need to see a physician however I would try and anti-inflammatory such as a leave 400 mg once a day if this does not clear up completely In two. WEeks then see if physician to get a definitive diagnosis
Answered on Aug 28, 2016
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Why are you waiting?: If your foot is bruised, swollen and hurting enough to inhibit your bearing weight, then you need to have your foot evaluated. Too much ice could have the opposite effect on improvement. If it seems as though there may be a more severe problem, there probably is. To remove all doubt, have your foot examined and minimize potential complications.
Answered on Aug 31, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
When it is severe it: is good to get an X-ray to rule out a fracture. A doctor may wrap it better than you, and offer you a shoe or a boot or even crutches….
Answered on Mar 16, 2019
Dr. Gary Kugler
30 years experience Podiatry
Probably: You may need an X-ray to determine if you have a fracture (broken bone). Most often podiatrists are able to take X-rays in their office so you don't need to go to more than one place.
Answered on Mar 14, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Sprains and strains: Still need to be evaluated. A sprain is a ligament injury and one needs to know whether this merits treatment, A strain is a muscle injury and the same applies. X-rays and exam also helming rule out fracture. Many times with negative X-ray we are told "its just a sprain" but many sprains need treatment, some surgical other long term immobilizations, get evaluated
Answered on Mar 16, 2019
Dr. David Tobin
37 years experience Podiatry
Yes: Pain, bruised, swollen-possible fracture Please get an xray
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Kevin Watson
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: You should get an xray to evaluate for a fracture or a more significant foot sprain (Lisfranc injury)
Answered on Oct 30, 2017
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
39 years experience Hand Surgery
Yes: Need xray to differentiate between a sprain and a serious fracture.
Answered on Mar 16, 2019

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