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My 13 year old daughter's foot is swollen and we can't get

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Hi, my 13 year old daughter's foot is swollen and we can't get it to go down. She has had some trauma to it recently (glass in toe, bit by ant, staples in bottom of foot, lawnmower tire ran over it - NOT on). We have tried elevation, ibuprofen, epsome salt soaks, and ice. Not sure what could be causing it or what to do at this point.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.
I am Dr. Su S. and I will try my best to help you.

Since when is it swollen?

How is color/ temperature of the foot?

Was it examined by doctor?

Is she able to walk on it?

Is there any injured open site?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It has been swollen for 4 days, it is normal color, will get a little red/purplish when swollen, but will go back to normal when the swelling goes down. there are not open wounds. The cut she got from the glass is healing nicely. It does get a little cooler when it swells, but otherwise it's the same temperature as the other foot. She does have trouble standing/walking on it, especially (almost exclusively) when swollen.
Expert:  Dr. Su S. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the input.
The swelling is likely due to an inflammation or infection.
In case of inflammation from a trauma, it would gradually become less day by day.
If it is remaining the same or increasing, an infection needs to be ruled out.
In penetrating injuries the infection can occur in deeper tissue.
In that case she will need antibiotic.
I would advise to get her an examination by doctor.
You have tried the right things.
She needs to keep the foot elevated as much time as possible.
Ibuprofen can be continued.
I hope this information will be helpful.
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Wish her healthy life.