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Thread: Broken toe - will it ever heal?

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    Senior Member nance-ell's Avatar
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    My foot in motion slammed into an immovable object (the tire stop in my garage). :thumbdown: It was the day of my family reunion, so I limp around, get the car loaded and head out. The pain wasn't really all that bad that day. Then I take my shoes and socks off that evening and it's already turning a nice deep shade of purple. Next day, all my toes are purple and 1/2 of my foot too! The bruising is almost all gone, but I'm still limping. It's my little toe - still swollen and so, so sore. :( I haven't had it x-rayed. Not sure that it's worth spending the money. Just wondering how long it's going to be before I can walk normally. Anyone else done such a crazy thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    My foot in motion slammed into an immovable object (the tire stop in my garage). :thumbdown: It was the day of my family reunion, so I limp around, get the car loaded and head out. The pain wasn't really all that bad that day. Then I take my shoes and socks off that evening and it's already turning a nice deep shade of purple. Next day, all my toes are purple and 1/2 of my foot too! The bruising is almost all gone, but I'm still limping. It's my little toe - still swollen and so, so sore. :( I haven't had it x-rayed. Not sure that it's worth spending the money. Just wondering how long it's going to be before I can walk normally. Anyone else done such a crazy thing?
    It might be dislocated or something - I think you should have it checked out -

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    ouch, you might need to get it xrayed, take care
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    I've done that. Ouch.

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    Yes. And did not waste my money either. It has been awhile, but think it took 3weeks to heal. You need to rest it some if possible.

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    I sure would have a doctor look at it, at least. They won't x-ray it unless they could treat it somehow.

    I'd stay OFF it or get crutches, though, no matter what.

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    You best have your doc check it out. I taped my broken toe to the one next to it. Keeps it from moving around, stable. Baby your foot, elevate it when you sit down.

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    I did this myself except on my big toe. Everyone kept asking me if I went to the doctor. It takes time for it to heal. Don't pay for an x-ray only to confirm what you already know. Besides that, how would it be treated? A "toe splint"?

    I have felt your pain. This is just a matter of time. Yikes, I was working as a waitress at the time.

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    OUCH! I had my whole foot turn purple and swell up when I did something similar and it wasn't broken. But, my mom did that and hers was broken and never healed right.

    I would have it looked at, sometimes they can help or have you tape them together or something. If it's broken and doesn't heal right, it may be a nuisance for the rest of your life.

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    Done that. It took several weeks to heal. Put a little bit of cotton between the injured toe and the one next to it. Use medical tape to tape it to the one next to it and then a couple times around the foot to immobilize the toe. That's what the doctor did for my DS when he broke his toe.

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    I have broken may toes over the years ( lots of other bones as well). Every time I have gone to the hosptial for the broken toe ... I sit ... wait and wait ... go and wait in x- ray... wait and after about 6 hours they say "well you broke your toe(s)" . Keep the them elevated , take asprin for the pain ( some offer a prescrition) ... and send me home. They don't even tape them anymore. I even rebroke two toes about 3 weeks after the first break ... same response .. ."elevate , keep off , take something for the pain".
    I have usually felt some relief after about a week, but back to normal about a month. Lots depends on how old you are ... condion of the break etc.

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    It's been almost 3 weeks since it happened. I'm still limping in order to keep it as stationary as possible. I've always heard that they can't do anything for a broken toe and I have a high deductible insurance plan, so I'd basically have to pay for the x-ray. I can do it if it's really necessary. It's just very frustrating!

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    no, get out the pocket knife ;-)

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    I dislocated my little toe - door jumped out and got in the way of my foot -

    The doctor managed to jerk/yank it into place -

    If I had not had anything done with it, it would have been a bother for ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    OUCH! I had my whole foot turn purple and swell up when I did something similar and it wasn't broken. But, my mom did that and hers was broken and never healed right.

    I would have it looked at, sometimes they can help or have you tape them together or something. If it's broken and doesn't heal right, it may be a nuisance for the rest of your life.
    Mine never healed right either. It was the middle toe. However, I waited a few days before seeing a doctor; they then xrayed it and showed it broken. Dr put it in a splint but the damage was done, it never was the same. Healed crooked. :thumbdown:

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    I broke both pinkie toes, with in weeks of each other. Broke one, then cause Im limping everywhere stumbled and broke the other. Thats when I went to the Dr. Said there is nothing they can do. No cast, no splint, just stay off of it and it will heal. But it took MONTHS. Not weeks. It, I say it, but it was really THEY were sore for months. Got to where I could walk on them, but not bend them and put pressure. Honestly it felt like they were never going to get better.
    and for a fun Ewwwwww... the one was purple and yucky swollen. That the nail fell off..So much fun. I don't ever want to do that again.

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    So sorry this has happened to you. I do hope you can afford to go to a specialist and be checked out. If finances truely are a huge issue, then I understand why you don't want to go. It might be a long time healing if it is either sprained or broken. Try to keep it up as much as possible
    Hope it feels better soon.
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    I have broken many toes. they just take awhile to heal just like any other bone. Taping may make it feel better. Also heat or ice.

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    It took my litttle toe a couple of months to completely heal when I broke it. Doc told me to wrap that part of my foot to help it stay immobilized. Very painful and colorful. Try icing it down for 15-20 minutes several times a day to help with swelling and pain. Good luck!

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    for some reason, toes are easy to break. Its been the only part of my body I seem to easily injure. I never went to the Dr for it cus my mom broke toes when I was young and all he did was tape the broken one to the next toe in line that wasnt.
    soooo, thats all I do. If your toes are in line (or even just 1) take some white tape (bandage adhesive?) and gently tape them to the next toe that isnt hurt nice and straight.
    Now, if you cut them bad you really need a dr to check them. Hubs cuts his quite frequently (a guy thing) and had had to have tendons sewn up. If you wait on it, the tendons shrink (I think thats what they called it)- and it makes it harder to fix. sharet

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    I have broke the last 3 toes on each foot at one time or another. I have never went to the Dr. for it, first time I broke one tired the cotton ball with tape to keep it straight. The rest of them I just soaked them in epson salt several time and they are fine. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granna of 5
    I have broke the last 3 toes on each foot at one time or another. I have never went to the Dr. for it, first time I broke one tired the cotton ball with tape to keep it straight. The rest of them I just soaked them in epson salt several time and they are fine. Good luck
    Same here...Epsom salts soaks really do help (and if you have citrus trees tip the soak water after its cooled around the tree - it gives juicier fruit). The best cure is resting...therefore quilting, so it's not all bad.:)

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    I would definitely go get it checked out, you don't want to take a chance of it not healing right. Maybe something can be done to make you more comfortable while you are healing. I dropped a small EMPTY plastic trash can on the top of my foot a few years ago, broke the top of my foot in two places. I was in an air cast for almost 4 months. Doctor said the older you get the longer it takes to heal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltMania
    Done that. It took several weeks to heal. Put a little bit of cotton between the injured toe and the one next to it. Use medical tape to tape it to the one next to it and then a couple times around the foot to immobilize the toe. That's what the doctor did for my DS when he broke his toe.
    I've done this, too. A comfortable sock and snug fitting shoe felt the best to me for a while.

    Hope you feel better soon!

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    Your little toe might not be the only thing you injured. Too many bones in a foot to count. I would get it checked just to be sure.

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