Badly sprained my left foot five weeks ago.
I tripped over a Chinese rug and nearly passed out. I went to the hospital after a week of keeping my foot raised and not putting any weight on it. I plunged it into cold water every two hours and strapped it with crepe bandage. It swelled like a barrage balloon the next morning.
I had three x rays at hospital and was told that it wasn't broken but badly sprained and to keep off it a further two weeks. They strapped it up forcing my toes towards my leg and told me to keep that on for three days. I continued to do RICE and kept off it for a further four weeks as it was still swollen and bruised by the heel and along the side of foot by the ankle was extremely tender.
It was tender to touch along the top of the foot also where thee was yellow bruising and a smarting sensation by the heel. I also continued to spray it with arnica which helped with the swelling. In the last week I have put the water jets on in the bath as this was not possible before as the foot was too tender. I can move my toes and move it backwards and forwards but the heel is still swollen and bruised slightly, although this is less so.
I have also been using warm water treatment in the last week and this seems to help it considerably and also lightly massaging it with arnica oil.
My concern is should I put weight on it now and ease myself into walking properly as it has been five weeks? I have managed to do slight exercises with the foot and I can move my toes freely and move the foot up and down and to the side. My concern is that it is still swollen by the heel and I am still experiencing a smarting almost like someone is pricking my foot with a needle sensation on occasion by the heel. It is still slightly swollen by the ankle also.
The photograph is of my foot three days after spraining my foot and before the bruising came out by the heel and at the side of the foot.I would say it has reduced by 80%. When it is not in a raised position it goes red and starts swelling on top of the foot and towards the toes.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
That's a beauty, Julie!
I think you can probably safely assume there's nothing broken. Xrays of ankles are notoriously difficult; if you are still concerned you'll have to ask for a CT. But probably three different radiologists, if one was concerned he would already have recommended a scan.
You're doing the right things but it was obviously a very bad injury. It's obviously improving, albeit slowly.
My main concern is that after five weeks you are still getting sharp stabs; that probably means you have subluxated one of the ankle joints, probably the subtalar is down by the heel.
It's very important you make the ankle move now, preferably non weight bearing. Do the alphabet exercises you'll find at Chiropractic Help regularly.
If you continue to have those sharp stabs then start looking for a chiropractor who works with feet. Take the xrays with you. Probably best to keep using a crutch.
Get rid of the Chinese carpet!
I hope this contributes.