What should I do here..

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So I got an xray on my right foot yesterday,but it didn't reveal anything was wrong. I should also note I went to an urgent care where they do walk in xrays,and the place was near closing time..and the person who read my xray wasn't specialized in radiology. Anyway,they told me it was just a sprain,and told me to go home and rest my foot. However I just have this gut feeling like something more is wrong with my foot..my primary care doctor who ordered the xray, has a suspicion that the pain I'm having in my foot,is similar to that of a hairline fracture. I'm having more bone pain in my foot,and hardly any pain in the muscles..I can even pinpoint this exact area of bone where the pain is radiating from. Should I go and get an MRI,CT Scan,or even a bone scan,to rule out a hairline fracture? I know xrays are almost useless in detecting these types of injuries..

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    What do you want? Do you want to make problems for yourself my friend? You will be OK. Do not panic this much...
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    What I would do is give it a week to 10 days rest, double tubigrip,  non weight bearing, see if it is any better? Sprains can be as bad painwise.

    if not any better, ask for a second opinion on the X-ray... a skilled technician will be able to pick up on a hairline fracture, there are a lot of small bones in the foot, you may have damaged the ligament, which is just as bad as a bone injury, usually Laterally on the malleolus bone area. Can get damaged if you roll your foot.

    MRI /CT not really required, very expensive.. 

    if if it was that bad they would have put you in a BK backstab. I expect you have or should have double tubigrib elastic stocking.

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       What are the ligaments of the ankle?

      The ankle is a hinge joint between the leg and the foot, and allows up and down movement. The bones of the leg (tibia and fibula) form a slot, and the talus bone of the foot fits between them. The talus is held to the tibia and fibula by strong bands of tissue called ligaments. Each ligament is made of many strands or fibres of a material called collagen, which is extremely strong.

      The ligament on the inside of the ankle (the deltoid ligament) has two layers; the deepest one is most important. This ligament is mainly torn in association with severe fractures of the ankle bones. Sporting injuries of this ligament are rare.

      The ligament on the outside of the ankle (lateral ligament) is made up of three separate bands: one at the front (anterior talo-fibular ligament), one in the middle (calcaneo-fibular ligament) and one at the back (posterior talo-fibular ligament). The front and middle bands are the ligaments injured in a sprain.

      [Ankle Ligaments diagram]

      The tibia and fibula form a joint between themselves just above the ankle. This also has strong ligaments, one at the front and one at the back (tibio-fibular ligaments). The ligament at the front is involved in 10-20% of ankle sprains; this injury is important, as it takes a long time to heal, although it usually heals without the need for surgical treatment.

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    Are you seen a foot and ankle specialist? If not, please do. And you should look online first to see the good professionals in your area then ask your GP to be referred to that specific consultant of your choice. I had a year delay in my case, was misdiagnosed, because of a consultant that did know what he was talking about.

    And yes, follow your gut feelings. You know your body, the pain you are feeling, then ask for more tests. I wish you a good recovery.

    Take care


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    Hi, sometimes a break does not show up on the initial x ray if it is a hairline or stress fracture. Exact same thing happened to me and I was walking around for 2 months on a broken foot. Ask them to do x rays again.
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