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#1 FeralEsme

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:41 PM

So if you've broken a bone in your foot (or anywhere I suppose) and it wasn't diagnosed straight away how much pain were you in. Did it get progressively worse?

I was lifting up our kitchen bin this morning and the handle broke on it and the main part of the (full to capacity, overflowing) bin hit my foot, probably from about mid-thigh height. I reckon it probably weighed 30 or so kg. It really hurt a the time, the pain subsided, and although it's hurt a bit to walk on today it has mainly been Ok. It is now starting to swell and is hurting, well, rather a lot. I can put up with it, but I am staring to wonder if maybe I've fractured a small bone. It kind of caught my foot right on the edge of the bottom of the bin, so only one specific part of my foot took the impact IYKWIM.

Guess if it swells more and hurts more I'll be off to the GP tomorrow, but of course, I'm curious of others' experiences with minor fractures. You can see an indented mark on my foot where the edge of the bin hit it, but it hasn't really bruised much, which I have been surprised about.

#2 Ice Queen

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

I broke the 5th metatarsal (no idea how you spell that) in my foot.  

It freakin killed!  Total agony.  I did it playing netball at night, went home and went to bed with ice on it just thinking I had twisted something.  By the morning it was black and blue and I couldn't put any weight on the foot at all.  Not even a limp, I had to hop.  Off I hopped to work (my Dh gave me a lift on a scooter!).  My boss took one look at it, called me a cab and sent me to the ER where it was diagnosed as broken.  I was in a lot of pain and it was incredibly swollen.

Anyway hope yours is okay but go and get an xray.  I doubt you could put weight on it of it was broken.

#3 The Old Feral

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

Foot injuries can be incredibly painful and crippling without a bone being broken.

I once had what was eventually diagnosed as a bad sprain.  I couldn't properly weight bear on that foot for more than a month!  It was so tender and so slow to recover I was convinced something was broken, as was my physio who saw me go grey every time she pressed it..... so xrays were done twice and nope, definitely no break.  It's never been quite the same since, either.

I hope for your sake there's nothing broken OP, but that doesn't necessarily mean you don't have a few ouchy weeks ahead of you!

#4 FeralDancesHere

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:58 PM

I had a fracture in my foot that took a while to be diagnosed.

I seriously contemplated trying to cut my foot off. DH could not sleep in the same bed as me because just having the sheet move caused so much pain I was sobbing.

So in short, it really, really hurts.

#5 FeralEsme

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

Thanks. Maybe it's just soft tissue then, hope so.

Edited by Jemstar, 23 January 2013 - 08:01 PM.


#6 ~sydblue~

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

I walked on a broken bone for 2wks and in that time walked 10km every few days, before it was found to be broken. My foot hurt a tiny little bit, but not much.

#7 Feral Cancerian

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

I've fractured a bone on the outside of my foot. It swelled up and ached badly for a day or two, then gradually lessened over a couple of weeks.
There was no treatment, it was just a matter of waiting for it to heal. My GP recommended crutches, but I found them too annoying and just hobbled carefully. Your case sounds quite similar to mine so it could indeed be a break.

#8 LittleRB

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

I had a few small fractures in my foot bone after "saving" DS - he tried to pull a heavy screen on top of him and I stuck my leg out so it wouldn't hit him - my foot took the whole weight of this falling screen (it weighs about 20-30kg).

Didn't know it was fractures for a few months - maybe 2 before I got a scan? It hurt like hell but only when I "stepped" on it a certain way. Couldn't wear heels at all - lived in flats - but I assumed I had sprained/internally bruised it because I could still walk (or hobble on some days).

Didn't have any bruising (I don't bruise easily). No dents or anything else amiss e.g. wonky looking toes.


#9 Mamabug

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

I broke a bone in my left foot three years ago. I couldn't get up and needed an ambulance as I obviously also couldn't drive a manual car.

It hurt. Really hurt. Really, really hurt. It still hurts some days now.

#10 Feral_RosieC

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:37 PM

I broke my navicular bone.  As I fell down a flight of stairs, I thought I had sprained BOTH my ankles (yes I hurt both my feet).  After 2 days of sitting on the lounge with frozen peas and other various frozen things, and taking Nurofen and not sleeping, I went to the doctor.  

As I could wriggle my toes, I didn't think I had broken anything (you know, cause I once watched a medical show which made me an expert on all things medical).  To my utter disgust, I had broken my right navicular bone and tore all the ligaments in the left foot.  Strangely enough, it was  the left foot which hurt more than the break.    Also, because I was walking around (to go to the toilet and to get more frozen things and Nurofen) despite being very tender, I still didn't think I had any broken bones.  

I ended spending about 12 weeks in a cast - it took AGES to heal.  

Good luck OP, hope your foot is okay, but it probably wouldn't hurt to get it checked out to be sure.



#11 unicorn

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

I broke the two bones in my heel and walked on it until I got told off by medical staff for doing so, I didn't know it was broken. It did hurt but not excruciatingly so.

#12 Ice Queen

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

QUOTE (stopwhiningatme @ 23/01/2013, 06:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I broke the same bone as Ehill.  Well, I always say the kids broke it, but that's another story.   Agony.  No way could I walk on it.


Awful isn't it.  I still have a lump out the side of the foot.  I did it about 8yrs ago and it took such a long time to properly heal and I ended up having to see a physio as I stuffed my knees and back by walking incorrectly.  It was probably 6mo before I even attempted highheel shoes.

*sigh* memory of my last ever game of netball......a game for the under 30's I decided the next day.   sad.gif

#13 i-candi

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:01 PM

I broke a bone in my right foot - the right hand side half way down (how's that for medical jargon lol).

I could not put any weight on it at all and had to go to the ER department (I was in a different state at the time to my home). Had to have crutches but foot was only wrapped in bandage. There was hardly any swelling or bruising.

Had to have 4 weeks off work as I wasn't medically fit for work!

#14 josh2003

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

I broke a bone in my foot trying to catch a can of soup that fell out of a top shelf. It hurt at the time but I was on the phone so just tried to ignore it. Then it swelled and looked like the skin was going to puncture, so I went to hospital and had it xrayed.

It wasn't excruciating, and I've certainly had far worse pain.

#15 solongsuckers

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:27 PM

DH broke a bone in his foot a few years ago and he couldn't walk on it. He couldn't drive his car as he couldn't push the clutch in with it.

BUT, he broke his ankle last week and they told him there was evidence of an old break in the side of his foot (opposite foot to the one he broke a few years ago). He had no knowledge of having broken anything in that foot before so obviously it is possible to break it and not really know for sure it is broken.

I suppose it depends where you break it.

#16 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

I had a compound fracture in my foot 6 years ago. Fell down stairs, pregnant carrying my toddler- there was blood everywhere! It hurt like hell that first hour or so, (much swearing) but I didn't think it was broken. I presumed I had landed on something hence the blood.
DH was away, I knew there was no way I could drive with it but it didn't hurt badly enough to be a break (so I thought).
I hobbled around ok, washed it as well as I could (hard when you are 7 months pregnant), waited the 3 days till DH came home.
I asked him to look at the bottom of my foot and he freaked and took me to a doctor, who sent me for x-rays. Yes it was definitely broken.

I have had worse pain. So, yes, yours could definitely be broken!

#17 kadoodle

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

I finished a game of basketball with a broken ankle. Sometimes your brain just compartmentalises pain because it has more exciting things to deal with.

#18 MooGuru

Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:36 PM

I dropped an ikea flat pack from about shoulder height onto my foot. Hurt like buggery at the time but DH had told me moments earlier in a particularly condescending manner to be careful, so obviously I refused to acknowledge it was hurt. Your description sounds similar to my experience, I didn't have a break but had soft tissue damage, some nerve and ligament damage and possible chip or cracked bone (cant remember which) but dr never sent for xray, just said he would do that of it didn't improve.
I broke my hand and only realises because I couldn't move my fingers. Much less painful that a sprain with tendon damage!




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