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A 52-year-old female asked:

i may have a fractured or broken ankle. what do i do?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
"Fracture" = "Broken: however you need an absolute diagnosis of WHERE and HOW SERIOUS since ankle fractures vary from rather "simple" AVULSION fractures (Bad "sprain") to MALLEOLAR fractures (requiring advanced treatment. FIRST THINGS FIRST...go to urgent care or your GP or Hospital ER for an XRAY!!! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z

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Is it advisable to immobilize my leg after pulling my hamstring if the pain is not severe?

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What can I expect if I go to the emergency room with a broken bone? Orthopedic treatment that night?

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My 11 year old son cut his shin open on a piece of metal, does not need stitches, we can't remember when his last tetnus shot was, what are symptoms to look for ? Thank you.

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Things to consider. : Your son is 11 years of age and he is due to have a tetanus booster at this age. As for the shin cut, hopefully it was cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and treated with an antibiotic ointment. The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with his pediatrician or family physician to get his shot and check on his cut.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

My littlt toe on the left foot is painful what could be causing it to hurt?

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Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
Various answers: This could be due to a broken toe, or a corn on the toe or an ingrown toenail. Please see your local podiatrist for the answer and treatment. This is usuallly a condiition that is easily and quickly treated in the doctors office.

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