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Emma asked...

Tags: injury

Is it just a sprain? I slipped off the curb two weeks ago and fell hard on my foot/ankle. The next day it was quite swollen and very painful. I couldn't walk on it for two days. By the third day the pain had decreased and I started walking on it again. The healing seemed to stop around the 5th day and has been like that since. I hurts sometimes when I walk, when I move it in some positions and when any pressure is applied.

I’m just wondering how long I should leave it before getting concerned? I’ve not seen anyone about it, I thought self-treating with elevated rest and pain killers would be enough as it is probably just a sprain. Am I doing the right thing or should I get it checked out? The plateau in healing has started me questioning if it could be more serious.

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The Answer

A serious sprain can take up to 6 weeks to heal fully. Soft tissue damage may also affect the healing process. I would suggest you see your GP and get their opinion on whether you need an x ray or further treatment. In the meantime a bandage or support sock may help with the discomfort. Continue with the pain killers and do not walk or stand for long periods. I hope it improves soon.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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