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Metatarsal fracture? - March 1st 2018, 11:06 PM

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So this morning I accidentally dropped a hammer on my foot, the heavy end. Ever since then I've had pain walking but I can still walk normally. It hurts to press on the area but nothing too extreme; when I press on it it's maybe a 7 on the pain scale and rest of the time it's a 4 or 5. It's red but I can't tell if it's swollen and there's no bruising as of now. I haven't taken Tylenol or iced it yet.

My question is, could it be broken? I can't really go to the doctor as I A) can't afford it and B) don't have the time. Should I treat it as if it's broken and, if so, how do I take care of it?


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Re: Metatarsal fracture? - March 2nd 2018, 01:41 AM

Hey,
So I'm not a doctor, so obviously not going to make a diagnosis. So one thing to definitely try is pressing the region around where you dropped the hammer on it. If that hurts, chances are its a fracture. Obviously, this is a very loose way of checking it, but its a start. You will, sadly, need to see a doc in a few days if it doesn't get better.

To answer the question of if it could be broken; the answer is a definitely could be. I doubt it would be a "complete" fracture, but without X-Rays, it's impossible to tell. What I would suggest you do is take it easy a few days and follow RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate). If after, maybe a week it's not better, you'll need to go to the doc, because that would suggest a greater injury. I've done the same thing, and didn't break it, but everybody is different. So my advice would be rest, and for the love of all that is good stay off the leg. Then you may NEED to meet a doctor if it's not getting better.

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