You have severe pain and swelling. You are unable to walk or put weight on your foot. Have an open wound (Emergency room only) Have signs of infection such as redness, warmth or tenderness (Emergency room only)
Can urgent care Treat foot pain?
For the serious symptoms outlined above, you should go to an urgent care facility or the emergency room of your local hospital. Doctors there can evaluate your foot pain and treat it, if appropriate, or refer you to a specialist.
Should I go to ER or urgent care for foot injury?
Go to urgent care if your pain level and swelling is significant and you have difficulty walking, to the point that you need assistance, due to the pain. Go to the emergency room if your foot is bruised, deformed, or you are unable to walk at all. You may have a fracture, broken bone or serious ligament damage.
How do I know if my foot injury is serious?
Go to the emergency room if:
- there’s an open wound on your foot.
- pus is coming out of your foot.
- you can’t walk or put weight on your foot.
- you experience severe bleeding.
- there are broken bones coming through your skin.
- you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
- you think your foot could be infected.
How do you tell if a foot is sprained or broken?
In general, a broken foot tends to be more painful than a sprained foot, and the pain lasts longer. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are also more severe if your foot is broken. Another way to tell the difference between a broken foot and sprained foot is the sound the body makes when the injury occurs.
Should I see my primary doctor for foot pain?
Long-term foot pain that comes and goes could be a symptom of an underlying condition. If the pain persists for more than a month, a person should consult their doctor and have the cause of the pain diagnosed. If the underlying cause requires treatment by a podiatrist, the primary care physician will give a referral.
What kind of doctor do I see for foot pain?
A podiatrist is an expert on every part of the foot. See a podiatrist if you have foot pain or injury. Get urgent medical care if you have any of these symptoms for more than one or two days: severe pain.
Can you break your foot and still walk?
Broken Foot Symptoms
Broken bones in the foot cause pain and swelling. Usually (but not always) the pain is so bad, you are not able to walk. Broken bones in the toes cause less pain, and you may be able to walk with a broken toe. Bruising of the foot with a broken bone is also common.
What does a torn ligament in foot feel like?
Symptoms of a Torn Ligament in the Foot
Swelling and bruising will occur at the site of injury. Pain and tenderness are concentrated on the top, bottom or the sides of your foot near the arch. Pain intensifies when walking or during other physical activity. Inability to bear weight on the injured foot.
When should you go to the ER for a foot injury?
Seek immediate medical attention if you:
Have severe pain or swelling. Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus. Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C)
Can you wiggle your toes with a broken foot?
Although it may be possible to move and walk on your broken toe, you should avoid doing so as this can lead to even greater damage and prolonged healing time.
What does a fractured foot feel like?
Signs and symptoms of a broken foot may include pain, limping, swelling, bruising, and refusal to bear weight on the affected foot. Initial treatment may include RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Rest may include the use of crutches to limit weight bearing.