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sore foot


For weeks ive had a sore foot, dont remember doing anything to it,

Went and saw nurse practioner at the surgery last week who said you have a temperature and ats red a swollen gave me antibiotics-which made me feel sick

Went back monday she stopped antibiotics and i dont know whats wrong you need to see a dr .saw a dr yesterday at the surgery who equally wasnt sure who asked another dr to look at it he wanted to know had u twisted it-been getting more and more painful to walk on it and suggested get an xray. Couldnt use the local private hospital they use for xrays because they have a huge flowers at reception ,so went up the hospital drop in ,booked in and stood in corridor til was called -too much alcohol rub around,was called in told your chest sounds aweful.

It appears that i have broken a bone, they said no need go to a+e they wont do anything it'll heal by itself!!

Did end up in a+e though cos asthma kicked off! was told we busy but was taken to resus had a couple nebs Bp 200/190 pulse 150 temp 38.6 which nobody took any notice of . eventually a dr sd was having a asthma attack! gave me pred-tried to explain had kenalog that morning but still gave me 100mg soluble pred and said you have a neb at home use it there are no beds at the hospital. they decided should use ambulace exit to reduce expsure to the alcohol rub but they were painting the corridor they coulded see my problem 1 several nebs getting to the car bench by bemnch got home shattered .

Havnt any guidelines bout the foot at all, .

Damp damp go away


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HI Mum

Hope you manage to rest with your foot up to help the swollen foot to go down and use your nebs,wish I was with you mum and would take care of you till your foot is better.lots of love ,

Daughter xxxxxxxxx on the way xxx



sorry to hear about the troubles with your foot and your chest, and i'm afraid i don't have much advice to offer, only that I'm shocked that no-one took any notice of your obs! Although I know not much can be done acutely for high bp and pulse, but still they should have kept an eye on you - is your blood pressure always that high?

I'm always being told to neb at home as no beds in the hospital, I sympathise with you.

Hope you feel better soon x


my blood pressure on good chest days is within normal limits along with the pulse.

shouldnt be surprised with local hospital. Wouldve liked some guidelines as to what should do with foot ie walk normally? drive on it? etc


Regarding your foot

i would say do as your pain levels can tolerate. If it is very painful rest lots and put ice on it as that is a natural pain killer and helps reduce any visable or invisable swelling.

If you feel you can walk on it do so, if you feel you cannot i would go back to a and e and ask for some crutches (i been there and done that in past due to hypermobility though)

I would be wary with driving for a few weeks personally you dont want an accident espcally if you drive a manuel, i can drive when i am in pain but that is only because i do not have a pedal for my affected foot/knee (automatic car designed for me)

Use common sense also and if you are still concerned go back to the a and e and ask to be treated but be prepared to wait and say you are there for your foot! Make sure you say this a few times at least! So that if anything else happens they know you are there for your foot mainly!

Hope that helps a little



I never went to a+e it was gp that sent me for xray and the xray dept that told me i had broken it!!


Broken Foot


A break in one or more bones of the foot, including the injury known as a subtalar (sub-TAY-lar) fracture, can be very painful. Healing time ranges from several weeks to a couple of months. An x-ray will show when the fracture has healed and you can resume normal activity.


This type of fracture is usually caused by a fall or an object that lands on the foot.


You are likely to suffer pain, swelling, bruising and weakness of the foot. It may tingle or feel numb. If the bones are broken badly, they may look misshapen. You may be unable to walk.


Your doctor will probably take an x-ray of the foot. You may need to wear a cast or splint on the foot, depending on how bad the break is, and will have to use crutches for a while. If you scraped or tore your skin and haven't had a tetanus shot in 5 to 10 years, you may need a booster.


If you are not given a cast or splint:

* Use crutches and avoid putting any weight on the injured foot until your doctor gives the okay. Then slowly increase the amount of time that you use the foot, stopping as soon as it begins to feel painful.

* After the first 1 to 2 days, you may apply heat to the injury to help relieve pain. Use a warm heating pad, whirlpool bath, or warm, moist towels for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for 48 hours.

If you are given a cast or splint:

* Use crutches until your doctor says they are no longer needed.

* To reduce swelling, keep your foot on pillows while lying down and on a chair or footstool when sitting. Keep the foot above the level of your heart, if possible.

* Apply ice to the injury for 15 to 20 minutes each hour for the first 1 to 2 days. Put the ice in a plastic bag and place a thin towel between the bag of ice and your cast.

* If you are given a plaster or fiberglass cast:

o Do not try to scratch the skin under the cast by pushing a sharp or pointed object between the cast and your leg.

o Check the skin around the cast every day. You may put lotion on any red or sore areas.

o If you have a fiberglass cast and it gets a little wet, it can be dried with a hair dryer.

* If you are given a plaster splint:

o Wear the splint until your doctor says you may remove it.

o You may loosen the ace wrap around the splint if your toes become numb or start tingling.

* Do not put pressure or lean on any part of your cast or splint. It may break.

* Keep the cast or splint dry. It can be covered with a plastic bag during bathing. Do not lower it into water.

You may use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling. Take all medicines as directed by your doctor. If you feel the medicine is not helping, call your doctor, but do not stop taking it on your own. If you have been given a tetanus shot, your arm may be red, swollen, and painful at the site of the injection. This is a normal reaction to the medicine in the shot.

Call Your Doctor If...

* The cast gets damaged or breaks.

* The pain gets worse or you have more swelling than before the cast was put on.

* The skin or toenails below the injury turn blue or grey, or feel cold or numb.

* The cast develops a bad odor.

* There are new stains coming from under the cast.


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