Pain in ankle and foot
bruised heel seven weeks post trauma
I was on a ladder about 9 feet up when the bottom slid out, I grab the gutter who he'd slowed the fall a little but I landed on the ladder .. Can't say I heard any pops or cracks as it happened very fast and the ladder hitting the deck made a lot of noise. Went to emergency room them took X-rays wrapped both feet could barely use crutches being both feet. Did a lot of crawling up n down stairs and into bed first few days.... 7 weeks later still limp badly sometimes my foot gives out and the pain is bad. Oh I've been going to a doctor regularly and must add he has never touched my foot ,, really how can a doctor not touch or examine them. I'm going to a new doctor on the 8th of July..I see swelling on the top of my feet and at times I see the vain in large pulsating and spongey to the touch. I can move my ankle I can do the alphabet with my toes, I can touch with out pain but when I stand up and walk is when I feel discomfort,pain and sometimes can't put weight on them RESPONSE
You are right about one thing; find yourself a new doctor, not only because he never has touched your foot but because by seven weeks post trauma you should be making major advances in reduction of pain and you simply are not.
I do not know if you have had any further x-rays since your emergency room visit, but at the very least new x-rays would be indicated. Sometimes small breaks in the bones will not show up on initial x-ray but will be evident 10-14 days later.
More than likely if you
are in as much pain as you state, an MRI will be indicated. The MRI not only will reveal any soft tissue damage such as torn ligaments or tendons but it is also good at picking up fractures
that may not have shown up on x-ray.
Since both feet were injured, as you mention, it was impossible to use crutches and the fact that you could not be non-weightbearing on your foot/feet has certainly delayed the healing as one of the best ways to heal almost any kind of musculo-skeletal injury to the foot and ankle is to stay off of it.
You have enclosed pictures and have described your injury in terms of the pain that you are experiencing and what you can and cannot do with your foot and ankle, but quite frankly that gives me no clue as to what is exactly wrong and the extent of what type of injury you sustained to your feet. That is why you are going to need further imaging studies.
Additionally, I cannot offer any advice on how to go about treating this problem going forward other than to suggest you try and stay off your feet as much as possible until you have been examined by the new doctor and you receive a definitive diagnosis. In a best case scenario, perhaps there are no fractures, dislocations, or soft tissue damage and all you will need is physical therapy to help move the healing process forward.
In a more severe scenario you may actually have a fracture that has not been previously identified, perhaps a dislocation of some sort, or there is a torn ligament or tendon and at least then whatever issue you have can be addressed by your new doctor and finally be adequately treated.
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