I have a habit of bending my toes by using my other foot to do it, mostly when I'm sleepy and trying to stay awake. Anyway, one night about 6 weeks ago, I was watching tv, and getting sleepy, when my middle toe started itching. I thought I'd been bitten by something. The next few weeks, my DH and I watched it swell and start hurting. Yesterday, I went to a podiatrist, and I had fractured it! The dr. said that sometimes all it takes is bending your toe, and the ligament will catch hold of the bone just right, and the bone fractures. Don't think I'm gonna do much bending of the toes anymore! The only way to get the swelling down now is to wrap it in the self-adhesive tape, but not enough to cut off circulation. I guess I just wanted to warn you not to be as dumb as me!