"Emergency pain in foot at weekend - 2nd August..."

About: Wythenshawe Hospital

My name is Brian Clancy; I am 75yrs of age.

Following a 'trip' on our stairs at home, I had a very painful right foot and could hardly walk; it got progressively worse.

I visited the local 'walk-in' centre at Altrincham Hospital where, after a fairly thourough examination by a senior nurse; they considered that ankle ligaments were probably sprained; as a precaution, it was X-rayed - no fracture was seen. I was told to rest my foot and that it would probably rquire some 6 weeks to fully recouver - advice that I have had before in similar circumstances - and which has proved correct.

A few days later; I still had a very sore and swollen foot.

I attended at the A&E Dept at Withenshaw Hosp. on Sunday 2nd August 2015;

I received excellent attention and a thorough examination of my ancle/foot from 2 doctors and a specialist. It was not clear what was causing the pain, but I was X-rayed again; treatment was recommended for gout, from which I do on occassion suffer.

I was told to come back if the prescribed medecine did not seem to be working after a couple of days.

It did not seem to be easing so I returned on Tuesday 4th August and saw another doctor and another specialist. Again, my leg/foot was thoroughly examined; Infection of the foot was diagnosed; I was prescribed antibiotics. The treatment worked and I seem to have fully recovered.

The ankle ligament is still slightly sore, but recovering - as the nurse at AH predicted.

This note is by way of thanking and placing on record my appreciation of the professional and courtious treatment that I received at both AH and Withenshaw H. I am a retired 'consultant' in another field, so I understand the process of 'elimination of possible causes'

My treatment could not have been better - Thank you all.

Brian Clancy

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Response from Wythenshawe Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on this website.

It is always appreciated when we receive feedback from our patients.

We have passed your comments on to the staff in the Emergency Department who are always grateful for feedback such as yours.

We do hope your foot continues to improve and once again, thankyou for taking the time to post comments about your experience.

Patient Experience Team

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