"Still unable to walk"
About: Darent Valley Hospital / Accident and emergency Darent Valley Hospital Accident and emergency Dartford DA2 8DA Darent Valley Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics Darent Valley Hospital Trauma and orthopaedics DA2 8DA
Posted by Foot (as ),
I had an accident in a river. I cut my little toe and was told I'd broken my metarsal. The 5th one.
I happened to do this out of the area I lived in. So I went to the local hospital at the time. I was greeted by receptionist. Not very pleasant once she could not find me on system. She said its a 4 hour wait for minor injuries. Ok on a Sunday afternoon it's expected. So I said fine.
I hopped to a seat. I only went because of infection in the cut. I could not put weight on my foot at all. Once I was seen the nurse was helpful. She dressed the cut and said I had broken it. I was told to walk on my heel and that I had to see orthopaedic at my local hospital Daret Valley in Kent. I had to ask for crutches and I could not heel walk. Was also told they would normally air cast it but because our if area they would leave it for my hospital.
I them went to Darent Valley next day. Waited 2 hours in A&E. to be told dressings ok and done nicely. Book into fracture clinic but there is a week or so wait. Made me feel I was making a fuss.
I asked about cast etc. She asked another nurse and he said no, it be fine. So I go to fracture clinic after nearly 2 weeks. My foot still swelling up and down. Still could not put weight on it. After running hour late. I got told 3 options have a foot cast or air cast or leave it as it is. I opted to leave it on the advice that it will heal. 3 weeks on my under foot still brushing my toe and side of foot hurts can't bear weight fully. Still swelling at ankle joint.
I not due back for another 6 weeks. I feel as though I'm palmed off and making a fuss but I really can't walk right and get about or even drive. I'm off work as I'm a sales assistant. I feel really let down by NHS. Not sure what to so. Need help or advice.