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How Can I Tell If My Foot Is Broken
Foot pain: There might be a traumatic incident (dropping something on your foot, or falling for example) or even a stress fracture. Stress fractures can take longer to show up, but persistent pain, swelling and maybe even bruising. A referral and a visit to your local podiatrist and some xrays may help clear the situation up. Good luck! ...Read more
Get an x-ray: It is often very hard to know is a foot bone has been fractured unless you take an x-ray. Other factors are how did the incident occur, is the pain localized to one spot. it is not true that if you can 'walk on it, it's not broken". ...Read more
Symptoms: If you have any concern about your infant with possibility for leg fracture, i would visit with your healthcare provider. Regardless of age you could hold child up and see if he/she will support weight equally with both legs on a firm surface. Also any tenderness or irritability with gentle pressure on the leg could be injury or fracture. If you have any concerns i recommend you see provider. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How does it look: If your nose is misshapen or off to one side it's broken. If you have significant swelling and black and blue discoloration it's broken. If it just hurts it is probably not broken. There are only two reasons to fix a broken nose - you don't like the way it looks or you don't like the way it works. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get examined: Cannot say in this forum whether you have a 'sprained' hand/ finger etc. Or something more( like a fracture) w/o examining you and then if needed, obtaining x-rays .So if you're hand/ wrist or fingers continue to hurt see your pcp for exam/ x-rays and possible referral to orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more
Elbow sprain: Typically sprains heal over 6-8 weeks, however severe sprains or complete tears sometimes require reconstructive surgery. Initial rest and ice with anti inflammatories help. If your elbow moves but is very painful, or if you cannot move it at all, i would see your orthopedist to rule out a fracture. Fractures may having a catching or crunching feeling when trying to move your elbow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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