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A Frostbite tale- (graphic pic warning)

post #1 of 19
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Several weeks ago I pushed the envelope a little too far in a training session & paid the price. I'll not post the worst of it, yet please take care to avoid this at all cost.

Immediately post training session

8 hours later

I'll not post the balance of the damage as I lost the tissue to the metatarsal forward & the nail. This required 4 weeks to heal & reach 95% closure shown below:

post #2 of 19

I hate it when that happens!  I'm lucky to still have all my toes. 

post #3 of 19

That looks painful.

post #4 of 19

Holy shit, ouch!

post #5 of 19
What sort of pain/symptoms did you ignore?
post #6 of 19

So what caused this?  Did you have sensation that the injury was occurring?  

What boots, and were you wearing your helmet? :popcorn

post #7 of 19
Did you tip the guide?
post #8 of 19
Must have been the damn cold Fischer boots:). So sorry that happened. Glad it healed up so well.
post #9 of 19
IRIP, is that the new Solly boots?.... .? Scary easy to do! I was at park city a couple of weeks ago for the FIS masters and we were doing 7.00 am loads for super g training and it was damn cold on the feet there (3 degrees at the base smile.gif ) so feel your pain. I managed to avoid any after effects fortunately but my buddy got a light case of frostbite,not as bad as that tho!
post #10 of 19

Damn, that is ugly.

Obviously you will be cognizant of this in the future, as I understand that once an area has been so affected it is far more susceptible to further damage from less extreme  temps. Protect your toes, bud. Remember, Big toe/little toe, not No toe/little toe.


post #11 of 19

That's what happens when skiing=training.

post #12 of 19
Never had that happen ,but with cold toes its amazing how fast things can transition from my toes are pretty cold to Oh My God, I need to find the nearest fireplace.
post #13 of 19

I usually feel cold or numb in the small toes first, so a large toe frostbite is not what I would expect.  Once the toe goes numb, I guess you'd be unaware of damage until it's too late.


Sorry Brian, looks like you're on the mend now.  I have a gnarly big toe nail from dropping a 2 x 12 on it many years ago.  I think yours will come back normal,  Props for grabbing a camera and posting that gnar on the internet! 

post #14 of 19

I respectfully request you post the gnarlier pics. Anyone with me? Let's see them!

post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

I respectfully request you post the gnarlier pics. Anyone with me? Let's see them!

I will respectfully decline to post Gnarr. I will tell you that the nastiest of it involved taking a scalpel and making a circumferential incision around the base of the large metatarsal joint to deglove the toe of all the dead skin.
The issue that I am having is more related to the fact that I've decided to be healthy and clean up my diet. This is allowed me to remain low single digit body fat throughout the winter as well as the summer.

Oddly enough I had no sensation of the foot getting cold or being in danger anyway.
post #16 of 19

Darn! I bet it was cool looking. May you heal up well.

post #17 of 19

Can we call you Mr Deeds?:duck:


Another vote for a Boot Product Review...  Seriously though I've done as much really cold exposure as most here.  Big toe is odd, could there have been a kink in your sock causing a circulation problem affecting only that area?

post #18 of 19

Glad to see I'm not the only Epic Bear to have gotten frostbitten toes this season, although my blister wasn't the size of yours.


I went to my doctor, he looked, said "it's not that bad, keep off your foot as much as possible for a couple days".  I took the "keep off your foot" counsel to mean that I shouldn't work out at the gym for a few days but skiing would of course be perfectly all right.  Walking was kind of interesting for a few days.


Eventually my blister shrank and fell off on its own.

post #19 of 19

Frostbitten toes: one of the most painful experiences ever, took lots of ibuprofen. lots of pain cream, Neopsporin. Couldn't ski from the pain and sensitivity to the cold for the rest of the season.

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