I hit a curb pretty hard, need help from experts. -- Alignment Problem?
If you had an allignment done since, and the proiblem continues, your prblem is deeper than simply a bent tie rod, though you shoudl replace the tie rod anyways, as its standard procedure for hitting a curb and knocking yourself out of allignment, it the weakest link in the whole steering setup.
The problme unfortunately lays deeper in the assembly and is most likely a missalignment between the entire assembly and the how the chasis is aligned wiht the other aseembly on the other side of the car.
In addition, you may have damaged your wheel bearing, you may not, but replacing it is a good idea, since the damge may cause it to fail in the near future if it isnt cirtically damaged already.
The ford dealership is on the right rack, but if you insist on doing it on a budget, try to get away with replacing the strut, the tie rod and pulling the sub frame back into alignment, in addition you whill need another wheel alignment. It cost money, im sry to be the bearer of bad news. Your wheel bearing may be damaged and fail in the near future, but you could gamble and see if it continues to function. in addition, your control arm may be bent, but its difficult ot tell, if replacing the strut, and moving the sub fram doesnt fix it, you may have a bent control arm.
The proper way is to replace everything that may be damaged, best fo luck.