Should I go to ER or urgent care for foot injury?
Go to urgent care if your pain level and swelling is significant and you have difficulty walking, to the point that you need assistance, due to the pain. Go to the emergency room if your foot is bruised, deformed, or you are unable to walk at all. You may have a fracture, broken bone or serious ligament damage.
How do I know if my foot injury is serious?
Seek immediate medical attention if you:
- Have severe pain or swelling.
- Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus.
- Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C)
- Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot.
When should you seek medical attention for a foot injury?
You should make a doctor’s appointment after a foot injury if: you feel pain in your foot for most of the day and it’s been a few weeks since your injury. your pain worsens over time. you have swelling that isn’t getting better two to five days after your injury.
How do I know if my foot is broken or just bruised?
If you have a broken foot, you may experience some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Immediate, throbbing pain.
- Pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest.
- Difficulty in walking or bearing weight.
Can urgent care Treat Foot Pain?
For the serious symptoms outlined above, you should go to an urgent care facility or the emergency room of your local hospital. Doctors there can evaluate your foot pain and treat it, if appropriate, or refer you to a specialist.
Can you break the top of your foot and still walk?
Many people continue to walk on their injured foot despite having a fracture. This can cause further damage to the foot or toe. The patient may have been walking around on a broken bone for weeks. Sometimes, stress fractures don’t show up on X-rays for up to 2 weeks after the injury.
What does a torn ligament in the foot feel like?
Symptoms of a Torn Ligament in the Foot
Swelling and bruising will occur at the site of injury. Pain and tenderness are concentrated on the top, bottom or the sides of your foot near the arch. Pain intensifies when walking or during other physical activity. Inability to bear weight on the injured foot.
Can you walk with a stress fracture in the foot?
Doctors do not recommend walking when you have a stress fracture because it may reopen the partially healed fracture, and you may have to begin the recovery process again. Although you can walk, doctors would recommend staying away from hard surfaces and not walking long distances.
How do I know if my foot is sprained?
Symptoms of a foot sprain include:
- Pain and tenderness near the arch of the foot. This can be felt on the bottom, top, or sides of the foot.
- Bruising and swelling of the foot.
- Pain when walking or during activity.
- Not being able to put weight on your foot. This most often occurs with more severe injuries.
Can you wiggle your toes if your foot is broken?
Although it may be possible to move and walk on your broken toe, you should avoid doing so as this can lead to even greater damage and prolonged healing time.