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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Foot injury

    A lawn mower dropped on top of my foot from a height of about 1 metre about 6 weeks ago. It was very painful, swollen and bruised. The swelling and bruising have subsided dramatically but it is still bruised and swollen. The bones on the top feel very tender to touch. Could this just be soft tissue damage or should it be investigated?
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    The speed at which the bruising and swelling occurred does suggest that there may be some bone damage.

    Where you able to weightbear on the foot after the accident or could you only hop?  If you were not able to weightbear it does suggest a fracture and this would need to be investigated.

    If you were able to weightbear it does suggest that soft tissue damage is more likely.  However this can involve sprains of ligaments in the foot and this should be assessed by either a physiotherapist or podiatrist.

    Either way a physiotherapist or podiatrist will be able to ascertain if an X-ray is required.

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