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    (Original post by ellie7868)
    Yesterday morning I had netball training and within minutes of arriving I fell over. I sort of tripped over my own feet and as I went down my foot when skew-whiff and made a ‘pop’ noise. The pain was excruciating so obviously I sat out of the rest of training with an ice pack but there wasn’t much else I could do.

    As the day went on the pain would come and go and sometimes suddenly get really intense. My foot would tingle and get freezing cold in comparison to the other. I had to walk awkwardly because it hurt to put too much weight on to it, and if I try to move my toes it pulls really tight around my ankle and along the right side of my foot (like someone is pulling all the tendons etc towards me).

    It’s the next morning now and there is a HUGE bruise. The swelling is quite bad and my toes look a bit purple. Do I have a sprain or a break do you think? And should I go to the hospital?

    Thanks in advance, I really hope it isn’t broken because it will put me out of sport for 1-2months and my netball season starts in 1 month x
    Basically you have a choice between hospital and GP who will probably just tell you to go to hospital.
    Do you have anything like an urgent treatment near you that covers breaks etc? (some places do, some don't). If you do that would be a better call than A&E.
    You could also phone the hospital to ask if it would be okay for you to come in. They might be able to give you a time to come in and save you waiting at A&E or tell you a better place to go.

    You do need to be seen though. I can tell you that much. Good luck. Hope you don't have to wait too long and get this sorted soon
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    Go to a minor injuries unit with xray facilities.
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    I had a similar injury a few weeks ago (still recovering) and went to a minor injuries clinic and was seen and x-rayed within half an hour. If you use the search function on the NHS website, you'll be able to find your nearest, and it will most likely be quicker than A+E
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    (Original post by Kindred)
    Basically you have a choice between hospital and GP who will probably just tell you to go to hospital.
    Do you have anything like an urgent treatment near you that covers breaks etc? (some places do, some don't). If you do that would be a better call than A&E.
    You could also phone the hospital to ask if it would be okay for you to come in. They might be able to give you a time to come in and save you waiting at A&E or tell you a better place to go.

    You do need to be seen though. I can tell you that much. Good luck. Hope you don't have to wait too long and get this sorted soon
    Unless it's really obviously just a bit of superficial bruising (which it doesn't sound like it is from the OP's description), any GP will want to send her for an x-ray. A Minor Injuries Unit, which you've mentioned, would be a good shout. However, given that the OP mentioned they're experiencing abnormal sensation (freezing cold, tingling), which may suggest damage to the blood vessels and nerves supplying the foot, then I'd ask them to go to A+E if they were my patient.

    I wouldn't recommend calling A+E ahead of time either - she'll either speak to a receptionist (who isn't clinical, and won't be able to tell her how urgently she should turn up), or a nurse/doctor who will no doubt be extremely busy and won't have time to field questions like this (and it's also not their job to do so). It sucks, but the only thing to do is go and wait.
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    Thanks for everyone’s replies! For those who are remotely bothered, I have still not been to a&e yet :/ I thought the pain was easing off so didnt see any point going, but has since picked back up again. I’m definitely going tomorrow however it shuts overnight so it depends purely on whether I can get there or not before it closes, if not, Monday it is! Thanks again for all the responses and fingers crossed for not a break x
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    (Original post by ellie7868)
    Thanks for everyone’s replies! For those who are remotely bothered, I have still not been to a&e yet :/ I thought the pain was easing off so didnt see any point going, but has since picked back up again. I’m definitely going tomorrow however it shuts overnight so it depends purely on whether I can get there or not before it closes, if not, Monday it is! Thanks again for all the responses and fingers crossed for not a break x
    Where are you that your A&E shuts overnight? :eek:
    Do make sure you're seen by tomorrow. In the meantime if you have any issues like loss of feeling call 111 (I know you had some issues like that earlier and they can be a sign of more serious damage).
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    (Original post by ellie7868)
    Thanks for everyone’s replies! For those who are remotely bothered, I have still not been to a&e yet :/ I thought the pain was easing off so didnt see any point going, but has since picked back up again. I’m definitely going tomorrow however it shuts overnight so it depends purely on whether I can get there or not before it closes, if not, Monday it is! Thanks again for all the responses and fingers crossed for not a break x
    Your a&e closes overnight?! What about urgent cases?! People can't just decide to not have a heart attack or stroke overnight!
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    (Original post by Kindred)
    Where are you that your A&E shuts overnight? :eek:
    Do make sure you're seen by tomorrow. In the meantime if you have any issues like loss of feeling call 111 (I know you had some issues like that earlier and they can be a sign of more serious damage).
    Shuts overnight due to lack of staff in the hospital. The nearest places you could go for immediate medical help is a minor injuries unit about a 10 min drive away or a&e at a bigger hospital in a city about 20 min drive away. X
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    Your a&e closes overnight?! What about urgent cases?! People can't just decide to not have a heart attack or stroke overnight!
    It’s due to a lack of overnight staffing. There’s a minor injuries unit nearby and another a&e about a 20 min drive away. Urgent cases will get an ambulance to their house where they can then be taken away to the hospital where a&e shuts overnight x
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    (Original post by ellie7868)
    It’s due to a lack of overnight staffing. There’s a minor injuries unit nearby and another a&e about a 20 min drive away. Urgent cases will get an ambulance to their house where they can then be taken away to the hospital where a&e shuts overnight x
    Fair enough. Well either A&E or minor injuries should be fine for you so just pop into one of them today. Good luck. Hope it isn't anything too serious.
 
 
 
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