Broken foot or just bad sprain?

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I recently tripped off a curb and my foot bent underneath me and I heard/felt a large pop for about 5 second the whole foot was numb and once I could feel it again i couldn't walk at all. I still managed to hobble to work and do a full shift (mostly sat down at desk) when I got home and took my boot off the swelling kicked in and since then it has not stopped swelling. It's day 3 now and even though it's hard to walk I can still manage at a very slow and painful pace. Some people have recommended me going to hospital but I just don't have the time to be wasting time if there is nothing wrong. Also some people say it is just a bad sprain however the swelling has moved from the side of my foot all the way around my ankle and the top of my foot, also it pulses a lot whenever I'm not moving it. Could anybody recommend whether it is worth wasting time at the A&E department or whether there is something I can do to just help the swelling and pain a little?

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    I did exactly the same thing on a broken pavement. The popping noise is your ligament snapping. It will take as good few weeks to recover so lots of rest and elevation. You will need to go to see your dr if it isn't stable in a few weeks time.

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    Honestly go to the A and E and have an x-ray because you are worth it.  Sometimes people can walk on fractures.  I managed to walk about 25 metres home on mine...... I had actually fractured my ankle on both sides.  I THINK YOU DO NEED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL END OFF and get checked out.  If it is weak you could easily cause further injury by over rotating again.  Please get checked out nothing is more important than your own health.  Let me no and take care

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    Your health is only need for you not for others! Just give up all your work and go to hospital to check. Do MRI or CT scan because Xray is cheap but not effective to show ligaments and bones totally. I also fractured my talus bone couldn't walk at that time. My ankle swelled and a lot of pain. No surgery but I have been wearing a plaster cast for 10 weeks after another 2 weeks I remove cast and do CT scan again. 

    Be careful and save yourself because only you build your healthy life.

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    You have some of the symptoms of a broken ankle plus a sprain. Often, it is impossible to bear weight on a broken ankle (not always though). The fact that you are able to walk on it is both positive and yet concerning. I'd recommend seeing your health care practitioner (not a hospital or A&E) to rule out fractures with x-rays.

    In any event, you suffered a severe sprain and yet (unknowingly) you did not treat it properly with the standard of care, which is PRICE protocol (look it up). You should have been weightless on ankle in a CAM boot until pain and swelling are manageable.

    I couldn't guess what additional damage might have been caused by your decision to bear it and carry on with normal activities but it is not too late for a happy outcome if you get immediate treatment.

    Untreated and continually molested, ankles with severe injuries sometimes lead to chronic ankle instability and impaired mobility, and in some cases ankle arthritis later on.

    I urge you to take this seriously.

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    Definitely go to A&E. I broke my ankle last weekend. Heard the pop, had the swelling. Like you I didn't want to waste time going to hospital for no reason. Was persuaded to go and bingo - fractured fibula and now in a cast. Should have gone earlier...Good luck!

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