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Broken Toe?

post #1 of 12
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Completely hypothetical situation here, of course.

Lets say I got a new kitchen table last weekend, complete with 6 chairs. It's really quite nice, oak, with 2 leaves. Huge improvement over the plastic patio furniture I used for 3 years. Anyways, said chairs stick out much further then the old table and chair combination did. If I were to walk into the kitchen to get a glass of water Monday night and split/stub my toes around the chair leg, it would best be described as a head on collision between the middle toe and oak chair leg. Well, it would REALLY really hurt for a minute :. The next day it might even turn a shade of purple that makes the weaker among us :.

3 days later the middle toe would be pretty darn purple, and it would kind of hurt. I have been to the ER/ Ortho when they thought I broke a finger, they just buddy taped it. Should I do the same here? It moves/flexes with off and on pain.

I don't want to go in and pay for them to just tape me up and send me on my way.

I won't be : anytime soon of course, but will be walking/standing at work and I would like to be able to bike.
post #2 of 12
Sorry to hear about your incident... I did the exact same thing this past weekend, except I slammed my foot between the little toe and it's neighbor. The little toe was at a unique angle for a day or so, and it's been kind of purple ever since. I don't think I broke anything, as it's really not painful enough to be a break. I did buddy-tape those two toes, and it seems to be getting better on its own. I went for a bike ride last night (20 miles or so)... there were a few "ouch" moments, but nothing too bad.
post #3 of 12
The first time I broke my big toe (nice hammerfist gedan barai block to a poorly timed kick), I went to emerge, got x-rays, told to take it easy for a month. No treatment. The second time I broke a big toe (the other one) it was two days before a tournament. I just ignored it and placed 2nd in brown belt fighting.

Far be it from me to dispense medical advise without a license, but they never did anything for my broken toes, so I stopped going in to emerge. Of course if it got infected or didn't seem to be healing properly I might get it checked.
post #4 of 12
I have to concur with Ghost. Broken toes happen, and when they do, just suck it up, cause no one in general medicine cares. I wonder what a podiatrist would say?

Try on your ski boots, and if you can't get them on, give jdistefa a try in the bootfitters forum.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
I have to concur with Ghost. Broken toes happen, and when they do, just suck it up, cause no one in real medicine cares. I wonder what a podiatrist would say?

Try on your ski boots, and if you can't get them on, give jdistefa a try in the bootfitters forum.
Fixed it for ya!


I figured that would be the case in general medicine, and it would feel like a waist if I took the time to go in.


It's the middle one, so I don't think there would be any ski boot issues, other then the fact that i would be wearing them in August!:
post #6 of 12
Over Thanksgiving a few years ago, I fell and broke my toe. One of the guests was an older, general practioner and someone asked him to check it out. He quickly said there is only one thing to do with a broken toe: Don't look at it.

Rob
post #7 of 12
Been there. Done that.

Cap toe work boots are your friends for the next 90 days.

(Purely hypothetically, of course, if you just so happened to have extra CF sole cycling shoes half a size too big lying around, they could let you sleep nights without re-stubbing on rollover).
post #8 of 12
Ice is your friend....
post #9 of 12
Whacked my middle toe surfing two years ago. Taped it up for three weeks, wore big toe shoes and boots for 6 weeks. Week 7 it was fine. I'm pretty sure it was broken, but never went to the doc.

Duct Tape is your friend
post #10 of 12
Tape, ice, suck it up, don't take NSAID's the first ten days, you'll mend. That'll be $50 please (my internet rates are cheap!)
post #11 of 12
Why no NSAID?

I agree with the others. I went to the hospital with a broken big toe many years ago and got the buddy tape treatment. I maybe broke a middle toe a few years ago, stubbing it on the way to the kitchen, so I taped it and it got better.
post #12 of 12
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Well, everyone's thoughts here echoed mine. I never actually got around to buddy taping, but a little ibuprofen the 1st few days and all seems well now. The purple is fading, and Saturday I managed a 6 mile* hike, in sandals, with no issues.




*some trail markers were missing, and a 1.5 mile stroll turned into over 2 miles through the woods and then 4 down the road back to the car...
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