Left foot hurts really bad
(Odsan, Castires, Saint Lucia)
I was doing back flips but did not notice rocks in the ground behind me. On my last flip my left foot landed directly on one and I cried out in pain. But after that I was not able to walk on the foot. The right side of the top of it is now swollen, and I still can't walk on it. Do you think I might have fractured something. This happened today but if it persists I will have to check it out.
I can still move my toes and operate my foot but it hurts to move it around and stand on it. I can put little weight on the left part of the foot, but all in all it is still somewhat painful.
The simple answer is that any time there is trauma to the foot there is certainly the chance that a bone may be broken. The foot certainly does look swollen.
Keep in mind because of the nature of your injury there can be other issues besides a broken bone. You may have done damage to the soft tissue of the foot, which is everything other than bone, such as muscle, tendon or ligament damage.
Because you cannot walk on it, the smart move would be to seek medical advice. An x-ray would be mandatory to rule out a fracture of some sort. Keep in mind that if you did sustain a small fracture, there is the chance that it might not show up initially on x-ray.
In either event, more than likely the foot will have to be immobilized with some sort of cast. Depending on the severity of the injury there is also the chance the doctor will not want you to bear weight on the foot because as you can imagine, walking aggravates the problem and produces pain and delays the healing process. So the doctor may put you non-weightbearing with the use of crutches.
If you have not yet sought medical attention and more than 24 hours have passed and you still cannot walk on the foot, then you need to be concerned about delayed healing.
If for example, a bone is broken and depending on the extent of the "break", delaying treatment will only make matters worse.
The sooner an injury is treated, the quicker it will heal.
You apparently are young and so that also works in your favor.
So do yourself a favor and seek medical treatment.
Marc Mitnick DPMDISCLAIMER