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Old 10-06-2018, 05:38 PM
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Ok, so I've broken a toe before (presumably) and sucked it up and just hobbled around for a couple weeks.

Well, now it's been about a month. I broke my 4th toe the good old fashioned way back at the beginning of Sept, somehow I kicked my coffee table which has been in the same spot for 5 years. Nailed it good, screamed like a little girl, and danced around my living room cursing.

So, THT braintrust - I'm more or less walking fine, but if I make any movement that puts pressure on the front half of my foot, I feel it. Do I just need to man up? Wrap my foot in duct tape? Go to an actual doctor?

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Update: Dr told me to man up and suffer through the pain for another couple months

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Go to the doctor and get it x-rayed.
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Let's go take a walk out back...
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
Ok, so I've broken a toe before (presumably) and sucked it up and just hobbled around for a couple weeks.

Well, now it's been about a month. I broke my 4th toe the good old fashioned way back at the beginning of Sept, somehow I kicked my coffee table which has been in the same spot for 5 years. Nailed it good, screamed like a little girl, and danced around my living room cursing.

So, THT braintrust - I'm more or less walking fine, but if I make any movement that puts pressure on the front half of my foot, I feel it. Do I just need to man up? Wrap my foot in duct tape? Go to an actual doctor?

No pics of coffee table.
Don't do that for a couple more weeks.
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I had a broken big toe in my younger years. If I recall correctly (probably not) doc told me not much can be done for broken toes except just try not to stress it for a while but it took many months if not a year till I was pain free. Still, occasionally I’ll do something that stretches it too much and the pain comes back for awhile.
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I've broken my pinky toe two or three times on both feet. Actually could hear the snap when I kicked the couch/table/whatever it was on the boat. I didn't think a toe could be set by the doc so I never did anything except hobble around for about three weeks until it felt better. I did have a stress fracture in my right foot (whatever the bone is that connects to your big toe) that really hurt and required a cast for two weeks. If it ha been a month and no less pain, I'd go see a doc. At least this should give you a little piece of mind.
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I'd get an x-ray to see if it is actually a break so you'll know how much to go easy on it. Knocked over a taped together stack of glass shelves which landed edge wise across my big toe (barefoot) and broke it (cracked, not through and through) Got it x-rayed after several days to make sure what the situation was. The podiatrist said. "it's gonna be a looong time before it quits bothering you" and he was right. Not insufferable, just a PIA.
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:09 PM
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Tape it up to the toes next to it. That will limit movement, but you'll have to keep it that way for at least a couple weeks.

Alternative is just cut it off. It's in the middle and has no effect on balance, so it really serves no purpose, anyways!
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This was my sausage toe down in the Keys in June as we just started our vacation. THANK GOD I had shoes on as my foot slipoed on wet steps and my foot caught the railing support. I firmly believe if I did not have shoes on I would have had a serious injury like a compound fracture... I was lucky, it hurt like hell but I had plenty of liquid pain killer and the toe bled for two days, relieving swelling..

After 4 weeks it was Ok and it popped one big time at 5 weeks, I figure bones realigned...
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This was my sausage toe down in the Keys in June as we just started our vacation. THANK GOD I had shoes on as my foot slipoed on wet steps and my foot caught the railing support. I firmly believe if I did not have shoes on I would have had a serious injury like a compound fracture... I was lucky, it hurt like hell but I had plenty of liquid pain killer and the toe bled for two days, relieving swelling..

After 4 weeks it was Ok and it popped one big time at 5 weeks, I figure bones realigned...

Good Lord!! Is that human?
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:34 PM
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I broke my big toe in April open fracture. It takes 6 weeks of not moving it to heal. 4 weeks ago I fell and did the exact same thing all over again open fracture 20 stitches.
i quit going to the dr the first time cause I wasn’t listening to him and doing what he told me. This time around after a good tounge lashing from the dr I am obeying him. He claims the bone never healed from the first break cause I didn’t stay off it. This time around has been a lot more painful.
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If you need a lift to the hospital, don’t call and ambulance. Call a tow truck
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Thank you for using the 50 megapixel hi-res camera for this shot.

For future reference, an amateur court sketch artist would have sufficed.

Or just describe it. We can use our imaginations...
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its worth having it looked at. If there is a break, you don't want to heal poorly.... although, by now, it already started.

You want to make sure it didn't break the head of a metatarsal (the bone that connects to the big toe)
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
Thank you for using the 50 megapixel hi-res camera for this shot.

For future reference, an amateur court sketch artist would have sufficed.

Or just describe it. We can use our imaginations...
I knew it would be a hit...lol. it certainly was for me and my family...LOL They would all say "Good God". I can assure you that is only after a few hours, the next day was MUCH WORSE..LOL
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'It's pretty easy to reset a badly displaced broken toe in the first week or maybe two. A month - not much to be done short of surgery (which is rare for a month old toe fracture or even metatarsal). Assuming your toe isn't noticeably bent by a stretch, a doctor's visit isn't going to change anything. The best advice was given above - splint the toe to an adjacent toe. I prefer 6" of 1" coban (available at your local drug store). Wrap the effected toe once and then wrap the adjacent toe to the broken toe. If whatever you're doing hurts too much, try not to do it. If you splint the toe and avoid what hurts, it typically feels better in 5 weeks. My worst patient who ignored the pain still had a toe fracture 8 months later...and that was my wife (too much to do to worry about a broken toe).
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A pair of cycling shoes helped me immensely when I fractured my foot. Should work equally as well for a toe. If you aren't familiar with them, they have a very rigid sole.
The shoes act like a removable cast.

I went from pain and limping to walking normally.



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geezus, enough with the toe pics already!
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geezus, enough with the toe pics already!
Hope this doesn't lead to a "post pictures of your toes at sunset" thread..
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