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I injured my foot playing softball last fall. It was as though I rolled it, and it sort of caved in on me when I tried to run on it. The pain was tolerable and there was limited discoloring. Swelling was minimal, but it does not yet feel stable. I saw my family doctor a few weeks after and he felt that with my mobility it would not really benefit to have an x-ray. I want to play ball, but don't know what precautions I should take, or any signs to look for if it was indeed a fracture.

Thank you for contacting IPFH. We do not diagnose foot conditions or provide medical advice on line. Apparently your doctor's opinion was that you suffered a mild sprain or strain, and based on your symptoms he did not suspect a fracture. You can learn about signs and symptoms of fractures by visiting our page at this link: symptoms of fractures. If you have any of these symptoms (the instability that you note may indicate some lingering damage in the area) and are unsure about playing ball, your best bet is to consult your family doctor again, or visit a foot health professional. We would always err on the side of caution when it comes to such injuries, and if your doctor agrees, it may not be a bad idea to get some imaging done just to get confirmation on the condition of the ankle before ball season starts up. We hope your condition resolves soon, and that you will be back on the ball field when spring rolls around.

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