This could be a bit long but I want to explain the whole situation.
So a week ago I was at a horse show and I (embarassingly) came off my horse. Instead of coming off right away at the jump, I tried to save myself from being eliminated (if you fall you're done competiting) and ended up hanging off his side around his neck trying to get back in the saddle. Since he wasn't slowing down and I couldn't tell if he was going to go over another jump or not I finally let go but somewhere along the way I messed up my ankle/foot.
There was a tiny bit of swelling around the ankle area initially (within 15 minutes or so)- and since I couldn't put any weight on it the EMTs took me to have x-rays. X-rays showed that nothing was broken. By that night swelling had increased a good bit around my ankle. They wrapped it with an ace bandage and gave me a "stirrup splint". They thought that I probably either stretched or possibly tore the ligaments. Doctors there said that by Wednesday swelling should be decreased and I should be able to start putting weight on it. They gave us a reccomendation of an orthopedic doctor but the soonest she could see me was on Monday.
They gave me two shots of morphine at the ER which didn't do anything for the pain. They sent me home with vicadin and I stopped taking that after finding that it didn't do anything for the pain either.
On Tuesday my ankle was still pretty swollen and my foot/toes were also swollen. Bruising started on my foot/ankle. Mainly the top of my foot just before my toes, and then on each side of my foot closer to my ankle. My mom called the Doctor back that saw me in the ER because this was the opposite of what they had said. She wanted me to be seen by my regular doctor to see what he thought.
He got me into an orthopedic doctor sooner (on Wednesday) and that was a lost cause. The guy came in, moved my foot and said "well she's probably damaged the whole thing" and said to keep it wrapped and splinted, and that he wanted to see me in 8-10 days. We made an appointment but we will probably see a different doctor because this one was really rude, but that's beside the point.
Now it's a week after the initial accident, my foot/ankle is still pretty swollen (but I think it's finally going down a bit). The bruising is really bad along both sides of my foot (near the ankle)- it's a deep purple color. There is still bruising up by my toes too. The pain isn't bad if I'm just sitting here, but I've tried to walk on it several times and it's not happening. I get a pain going through the inside of my ankle/foot, across the upper part of my foot (by the ankle) and then down the other side of my ankle/foot. If I twist my foot at all it also has a sharpish pain in similar areas, depending on how I have moved it.
We'll be calling two other *reccomended* orthopedic doctors to try and get me seen by one of them instead of going back to the guy I've already seen. I'm hoping to be able to walk by then, but if not, I'd assume they would reccomend an MRI or something?
My main question is: Does it sound like a ligament injury? Maybe a small fracture that the x-ray didn't catch? Something else?
If you've read through that whole thing... then thanks- I appreciate it! If not, well I don't really blame you;)
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