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post #1 of 21
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I broke my small toe today. No big deal, but does anyone know from experience, is my ski season over or do I just need to take a week or so off? My toe is swollen enough that my foot won't fit into my boots. I've been to the doctor, BTW.
post #2 of 21
Ouch! Sorry to hear that wbroun....what the hell were ya doing anyway? Oh, sorry no broken toes here so I have no good words about the skiing. Heal quick!
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by Rdy2ski
Ouch! Sorry to hear that wbroun....what the hell were ya doing anyway? Oh, sorry no broken toes here so I have no good words about the skiing. Heal quick!
I was just rushing around the apartment, trying to get ready for a semi-formal dinner, and smashed my shoeless foot against the corner of door frame hard. Made a "crack" sound!
post #4 of 21
Nice description! I broke my toe in a simliar way that was really pretty gross to explain so I'll spare people. If I were you I'd make sure it heals completely the first time so you don't aggrivate it by jamming it in a ski boot. Also, your toes are (subconsciously) used to keep your balance and my guess is you will put quite a bit of pressure on it from time to time when skiing.
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by wbroun
... is my ski season over or do I just need to take a week or so off? My toe is swollen enough that my foot won't fit into my boots.
Speaking from experience I’d say it depends on your threshold for pain, and whether you’ll be content skiing less than your normal potential. Oh, and how tight your boot is matters a whole lot too.

Not that I’m advising this in any way shape or form, but I broke my little pinky toe mid-season once too. Luckily, Salomon SX90’s were just a few years old at the time and they were readily available, which was good because they fit like a box. A big stiff box, but a box that held your heel in enough without clamping down too bad on the little piggy.

Semi-formal dinner? Wow, I broke mine trying to hurdle a couch barefoot after lots of tequila. I cut it a little too close, and … damn leather couch. Anyway, when I woke up my toe was sticking straight out sideways (sorry). I was a poor ski bum without health insurance so I ... well, never mind.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Woodee
... Wow, I broke mine trying to hurdle a couch barefoot after lots of tequila. I cut it a little too close, and … damn leather couch. Anyway, when I woke up my toe was sticking straight out sideways (sorry). I was a poor ski bum without health insurance so I ... well, never mind.
Great story, hehe. Have had many similar feats ... I feel sure I've heard about some ski racer who was competing with a broken toe recently, but maybe not.
post #7 of 21
broken toe should not be any type of problem, I did many things with a broken toe when I was younger.

I skied 2 days after spraining my ankle earlier this season. if you can get into and out of your boot relatively pain-free, and you don't have pain while in the boot, buckled and flexing, you should be okay. but what do I know, I've never been to med school.
post #8 of 21

Practice Safe Walking

wbroun, DON'T SMASH IT AGAIN!

Seems obvious?

From practical experience: protect that puppy, especially when you first notice it getting better or the next curio corner will have it in for you . . . It gets even bigger the second time let alone the third.

If you were to get it splinted, how about hunting down 1 Thermoflex/Intuition liner to use around the splint?
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by wbroun
I broke my small toe today. No big deal, but does anyone know from experience, is my ski season over or do I just need to take a week or so off? My toe is swollen enough that my foot won't fit into my boots. I've been to the doctor, BTW.
Perhaps you should add "running around getting ready for a semi-formal" to the list of items more dangerous than skiing?
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by RotoFury
Perhaps you should add "running around getting ready for a semi-formal" to the list of items more dangerous than skiing?

LOL - Nah, the incident rate of broken toes leading to death is very low.



I once broke my big toenail running to answer the phone. I wasn't able to ski for 3-4 weeks.
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
I once broke my big toenail running to answer the phone. I wasn't able to ski for 3-4 weeks.
Oh Man! : Bad memories ... I ripped off my big toenail in a barefoot cycling incident once (no tequila that time) and I swear it hurt 10 times more than breaking the toe. Luckily it was summer ...
post #12 of 21
Here is what I prescribe:

Sit in comfortable chair. Grasp foot (with broken toe) in both hands.

Don't move until healed!:

That ought to drop that post per day rate down a notch!!:

Seriously---broken toe stories to me are much like fingernails on a blackboard! I shiver when I read them.

Heal quickly Sir Broun---you have a warm week to rest that foot.
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips and humor, Bears. A bit worse than I thought -- might be my fifth metatarsal. Seeing the doc again tomorrow, kind of ridiculous, but that's what's up. What a bunch of crap. Jeff, I heard that 12 inches is coming this week! Lucky you.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by wbroun
Thanks for the tips and humor, Bears. A bit worse than I thought -- might be my fifth metatarsal. Seeing the doc again tomorrow, kind of ridiculous, but that's what's up. What a bunch of crap. Jeff, I heard that 12 inches is coming this week! Lucky you.
I was being semi seious, I had not heard that. I had heards warm and rain for the next few days anyway. Toes are usually not actually broken---mostly dislocated and will respond well to taping. Doesn't sound so good now though.

Hope for better prognosis from tomorrows visit. Heal well and quickly.
post #15 of 21
I dropped an extension ladder on my right big toe 18 months ago. It went black but didn't fall off. 6 months later I dropped a full gallon of paint on the same toe, edge of the can hitting squarely on the nail that was just starting to get better. It's not attached to anything halfway up anymore.

It's been 18 months since the first incident, and I have half a toenail left. It's sensitive. I don't think it will ever grow back. It makes a difference when you pressure different parts of your foot. I ski like shit, but I don't think it's because of that........it could be a myriad of other issues I have goin on.

My advice would be to give it time to heal. Two weeks non-skiing would do it wonders!
post #16 of 21
Moral of this thread:

It pays to wear closed toe footwear, even around the house.
post #17 of 21
I'm not sure if anyone mentioned it but you can tape it to another nearby toe so it doesn't get jerked around so much on the way into the ski boot.
post #18 of 21
Your doc might say "no sports / no activity" for a few weeks. So said the orthopedist to my daughter (who broke her toe in a "no hands" kick fight with her twin brother -- brilliant). If so, you might ask why not? The answer may be because it might be hurt again by impact; to which you might ask, what if it's protected from impact in a hard plastic boot? You might get the answer you want. We did - to my wife's dismay. Two days after the break, my daughter was back on the slopes. Tape and adrenalin work wonders. As Gonzo said, once you get it in the boot, all may be fine.

YMMV - in daughter's case, not a serious break, no complications back up in the foot.

Good luck.
post #19 of 21
Moral of the story: Resist self-mutilation in the name of proving your illogical point.
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by skiingman
It pays to wear closed toe footwear, even around the house.
Just wear your ski boots 24/7 and you will never have to worry about breaking another toe.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 
Good news ... just a busted baby phalanx, no foot involvement. The doc said let pain be my guide, which probably is going to mean two weeks, as Bonnie says. I do almost unconsciously use my toes in carving -- "big toe, little toe, big toe, little toe" phrase drummed in for going edge to edge. Anyway ... thanks ya'all
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