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Sports Medicine

Foot bruise

06/16/2008

Question:

mI dropped a 30 pound box on my foot it has been a wek now and it still looks bruised it get numb and if i am walking i sometimes fall from the numbness.I went to the doctor and no broken bones i think its more than a bruise but what else could it be?

Answer:

It is possible that you damaged some nerves which would explain the numbness that you continue to experience. If you are falling from the numbness this may be a sign that there was motor damage to the nerve and this should be evaluated by a neurologist. While an x-ray will tell you if the bones had been affected it will not tell you if any nerve damage occurred.

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Response by:

Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM Jeffrey M Robbins, DPM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University