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My wife recently(2wks ago) sprained her foot....she tripped

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My wife recently(2wks ago) sprained her foot....she tripped on a raised piece of cement..we had it x-rayed and shows no break or fracture...however 2 weeks later still pretty swelled but bruising has diminished.....when sleeping...no pain.....as soon as she puts her foot on the floor pain begins and stays until she sleeps again is this normal and what can we do besides taking tylenol to start to rehab the foot and relieve the pain ? We are soaking it twice per day in epsom salts and trying to be on it as little as possible ! also we are rapping it when she is using it ....
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.
It is possible that she has torn a ligament in her foot.

I recommend that she keep her weight off it (using crutches) and, if it doesn't show some improvement by the end of the week, have it examined by an orthopedic surgeon.

In the majority of cases these things heal up given time and by keeping the weight off of the foot but, if she still has significant pain with weight bearing after 3 weeks it should be looked at again, possibly with an MRI if the orthopedic doctor thinks it is indicated after examining her.

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It is possible that she has torn a ligament in her foot.

I recommend that she keep her weight off it (using crutches) and, if it doesn't show some improvement by the end of the week, have it examined by an orthopedic surgeon.

In the majority of cases these things heal up given time and by keeping the weight off of the foot but, if she still has significant pain with weight bearing after 3 weeks it should be looked at again, possibly with an MRI if the orthopedic doctor thinks it is indicated after examining her.

Does this make sense to you?

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
do you think that if at the end of the 2nd week she tried using the foot by putting her weight on it andhopping that she prolonged the healing period ( 3wks) ???
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 2 years ago.
No. I do not think that she has caused any further damage by trying to put weight on it. I think it is more of an issue that her initial injury may be more of a sprain and might involve some tearing of a ligament or two. The foot is a very complex beast.....

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