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Is there anything I can do to speed up the healing process?

Asked by jordym84 (4732 points ) November 23rd, 2012

Yesterday I hurt my left foot pretty badly on the elliptical machine at my apartment complex’s gym – I was in the process of adjusting the stats and timer before I started working out and took a wrong step and got my foot caught in front of the pedal thing, which was still in motion, and it crushed it right up against the machine. I’ve been using the R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method since yesterday and the swelling’s gone down a lot, but I’m not able to walk on my foot as it hurts if I put too much pressure on it. I know it’s not broken because I can wiggle my toes/move my foot and ankle around, and I don’t have constant pain (it really only hurts if I put pressure on it), but it’s still swollen (though not as much as yesterday) and feels very uncomfortable. I can’t go to the hospital because I don’t have health insurance and can’t afford to pay the bill out of pocket, and I’m pretty sure it’s nothing major that won’t go away on its own in due time. However, I have a very important follow-up interview for my dream job on Monday and I really don’t want to miss it or go in limping – the job requires lots of walking and standing up and I don’t want my interviewers to write me off because of a silly injury. It’s been a really long and time-consuming process to get to this stage of the job interview and this is the final step and it would be a terrible shame to have this injury hinder my chances of getting the job. Is there anything else I can do, short of going to the doctors, to ensure that I can walk on my foot by Monday? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you all in advance!

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Shippy's avatar

I am no medical person by any means. But sounds like a bruised foot? In which case, I Googled it and most recommend pain tablets. I would imagine cold packs might help. Elevation, or heat pads. If it is bruised it should have discolorations on the foot? I think a crack on the bone too would have similar symptoms so obviously if not feeling better in a few days, an X Ray is recommended.

In terms of the interview. I would take a good dose of pain relievers. Ones that do not make you sleepy. Maybe a rub with a healing balm, like this If you are still walking a little wonky just mention you were at gym or doing a cross country run. I’m sure they would like to know you work out, or keep fit and are healthy.

hearkat's avatar

Being able to move your toes doesn’t rule out a broken bone. If there is a fracture and it doesn’t heal properly, there could be long-term problems. If you’re still not able to bare weight on it tomorrow, then I strongly recommend getting it examined. I understand that you don’t have insurance, but you can pay medical bills over time. My son was 2 years old before I was done paying for his birth—some months I only could send $10. As long as you are making the effort, you won’t go into collections.

Regardless of whether you go to the doctor or not, the only thing you can do is continue what you are doing. Keep your sodium intake low and drink lots of fluids to help your body flush out the swelling. Some spices and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties, but I’m not totally sure which ones they are – I’m sure a web search can find you that information.

Getting through the interview will be a challenge, and I agree that you should be honest and say that you injured it while working out, so they know its only a temporary issue. Ibuprofen, as an anti-inflammatory, will probably be the most effective pain relief to get you through the day. Good luck, and please let us know how it goes!

janbb's avatar

I would take 400 mil. of ibuprophen with food twice a day and see if that helps with the pain and swelling as well as the other remedies @hearkat suggested.

Crumpet's avatar

I broke my ankle and tore my ligaments last week when my foot slipped off the pedal of my pushbike. I could still wiggle my toes and move my ankle slightly.
I would advise going to get it looked at. I did with mine, and now i have a cast and crutches to help me heal.
Then again, I don’t really know how much it would cost to get it looked at, as I’m lucky enough to live in the UK, and healthcare is free here.

gailcalled's avatar

Are you female? if so, you have the additional problem of what shoes to wear. Do you have decent flat shoes to go with a pants suit rather than a skirt and heels.

You still have two and a half days. I have nothing intelligent to add that hasn’t already been said. @hearkat ends with wise words:

Getting through the interview will be a challenge, and I agree that you should be honest and say that you injured it while working out, so they know its only a temporary issue. Ibuprofen, as an anti-inflammatory, will probably be the most effective pain relief to get you through the day. Good luck, and please let us know how it goes!
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majorrich's avatar

if it is available in your area, apply a poultice of comfrey, also known as bone-knit. It is similar to a nettle, but is very good for relief of broken an d badly bruised bones. It works so well that the FDA has made it very difficult to buy in the US. It is often found in Chinese herbal shops.

Unbroken's avatar

Agree with comfry and calendula salve and epsom salts.
No alcohol slows the healing process. Inflammatory also sugar, nightshade family and grains, not a lot heavy red meat.
Also for antiinflammatory food try fish, tumeric, cinnamon.

jordym84's avatar

Thank you all who responded, I really appreciate it :)

I’m feeling much better today, even managed to walk without crutches (I borrowed some from my friend who’d broken her foot back in February). I think it was just a mild sprain and today I didn’t feel much pain; plus, the swelling has gone down a lot more.

@gailcalled Yes, I’m female. I thought about the shoe thing as well, but I don’t normally wear heels and my shoe collection consists mostly of flats, so I’ll be fine in that aspect :)

I think I should be fine by Monday for my interview. I’ll “practice” walking tomorrow and hopefully my limp won’t be too noticeable…fingers crossed.

Thanks again, everyone!!

jordym84's avatar

Update: Great news! I managed to walk on my foot on Monday for the interview, which went really well. They told me to expect a response in 1 to 2 weeks, but they called me back today right before lunchtime and I got the job!!! I’m beyond excited (not to mention shocked that I got the call less than 24 hours after the interview…and I had already made peace with the fact that it might be a really long time before I got a response one way or the other). Thank you all once again for weighing in :)

gailcalled's avatar

That is wonderful news and a lovely way to start the 28th of Nov.

I am thrilled so can only imagine what you are feeling.

When do you start? Is the foot feeling better and better? Treat it tenderly until it really is healed; you do not want to jinx anything.

Oh, frabjous day.

jordym84's avatar

@gailcalled Thank you so much!! :) It’s been a great day overall!

I should start the 2-week training in about a week or so, after I’ve completed some post-hiring paperwork and background check (I have an appointment on Thursday, and hopefully it’ll all be done by the end of the week so I can start by Monday) as well as the company orientation.

The foot’s doing really well, it’s healing pretty nicely. Yes, I’ve been taking it easy these past few days, don’t want to mess anything up lol

Ah I’m so excited!!! It’s been a long application process (since the second week of September), but it’s finally over now! I can finally relax and have a good night’s sleep :)

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