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Thread: Help for a broken toe

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    Has any one out there broke a little toe? Overnight, I missed a step going downstairs, it was kind of dark, and I jammed it against the wood railing. Today, it's turning black and it's bent a little. My husband remembers when he broke his toe, and he said the doctors can't do any thing for that. He thought it would be better in a week, I can wait that out, but I love walking, and will miss that. You have helped me in so many ways before, any advice or shared experience would be greatly appreciated. I ice it, but don't want to stay off of it for long.

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    You need to tape your little toe to the toe next to it...I don't know how long to keep it that way. Ice it and keep it elevated whenever possible.

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    I dropped a 2 x 12 wooden car ramp on my foot and broke my big toe and the 2 next to it......that was Mother's Day weekend and my big toe is still not right and the two little ones are weak......Good luck.

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    Just have to wait it out. I've broken my little toe before and it is painful but just have to wait it out. Keep your foot up as much as possible. Your hubby was right.

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    Drs don't put little toes in casts, but if you don't have the broken bones aligned properly and taped and supported corrected then it will never feel the same again in your life. You will feel the "incorrect" little toe everytime you put on a shoe that touches the toe. It takes about 6 weeks for bones to knit back together from an average break. More if you don't take special consideration and care of the break.

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    It might be dislocated.

    When I broke my toe, after it was x-rayed, the doctor pulled/jerked/snapped it back into place.

    Then it was taped in place, and I was given a special sandal. (Wish I could another one - it was comfy!)

    Still took a while for it to feel better, but it would have been a lot worse leaving it dislocated.

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    Once you tape it to another toe, it will not hurt quite as much...for some reason, when it is stabilized some of the pain lessens.

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    Go to dr. have it x-rayed and get a shoe... I broke my pinky toe...in the dark ... kicked the laundry hamper that had books in it.. wore the shoe for about 4 weeks... no problem...

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    I broke my little toe on June 11. I couldn't buddy tape it. Every time I tried I would be in excrutiating pain all day long. I wore slip on tennis shoes and limped to keep my foot straight and not bend the toe in any way. It was about 4 - 5 weeks before I could walk normally. A few weeks in I started this thread: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-134351-1.htm I was feeling like I would never stop hurting and wanted to hear from others to make sure my experience was "normal" under the circumstances. It was.

    My toe is still swollen and tender and I can't move it much. I only have 3 pair of shoes that I can wear comfortably. Unfortunately, it just takes time, but it does get better.

    If your toe is bent abnormally, you may want to see a doctor. They can't cast it, but they may have to adjust your toe so that it will heal correctly. Good luck... and believe me when I say I feel your pain!

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    Yep, dropped a big glass jar of mayo. Little toe and that side of foot turned 20 shades of purple and hurt like you know what. Went to doc next morning for x-rays. Seriously, he said the only thing to do would be a reduction....a what?....remove the toe. I opted for second option and like he promised it was a slow process for healing. It took several weeks of soaking in ice water 3x a day and keeping the foot, from ankle down, wrapped in ace bandage before I could wear more than thongs on that foot. Little toe never regained complete feeling and it turns inward (hard to paint). That was worse than my fractured ankle 20 years later. Hope yours heals much quicker!!

    P.S. I don't why feet problems are so dang difficult and long to heal!!

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    Go to a foot doctor if you can!

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    I broke a foe while on holiday in the Cotswolds when someone dropped a 2 liter bottle pointy side down, from the top shelf in a shop.

    I was backpacking and hiking -- I took lots of aspirin -- and kept going. No sense wasting a good 2 weeks vacation.

    Actually the worst was climbing in the Malvern Hills. I slid down a hill on my backside, it hurt so.

    BTW -- the quilt show at the fairgrounds was the first show I ever went to. Such creativity!!! lots of designs and ideas I hadn't thought of. And I had been quilting for 20 years.

    Quilting wasn't as popular back then as it is now

    Good luck -- and strap up your foot if you can -- ace bandage is good -- and keep your foot up!!

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    I broke a toe while on holiday in the Cotswolds -- UK --when someone dropped a 2 liter bottle pointy side down, from the top shelf in a shop.

    I was backpacking and hiking -- I took lots of aspirin -- and kept going. No sense wasting a good 2 weeks vacation.

    Actually the worst was climbing in the Malvern Hills. I slid down a hill on my backside, it hurt so.

    BTW -- the quilt show at the fairgrounds was the first show I ever went to. Such creativity!!! lots of designs and ideas I hadn't thought of. And I had been quilting for 20 years.

    Quilting wasn't as popular back then as it is now

    Good luck -- and strap up your foot if you can -- ace bandage is good -- and keep your foot up!!

    Mim

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    Go to the doctor, have it realigned and taped (pulled/jerked/snapped as bearisgray said).
    When I broke mine it was at right angles to my foot. The doctor did his thing and my toe is OK today. It does not tell me about the weather so he must have done it correctly.

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    Hope itt heals quick!!

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    Kicked a couch with one little toe and a floor jack with the other...trust me when I say you can's move EITHER of those things with your little toe. Did the slap it back in place and tape it to your next two toes. I agree with Tink's mom...for some reason that makes it feel better.

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    It has been years and years since I have had a broken toe.
    But when I did I remember the Dr. saying to be sure and wear a shoe with a hard toe.

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    I broke my big toe two and half months ago, went to the doctor, wore a boot for two months and my toe is still bruised. I can only wear flat shoes, and the toe is still tender to the touch.

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    It may not hurt to have the doc take a look, if it is dislocated instead of broken :wink: :D:D:D

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    After jamming my 2nd toe on metal coffee table leg (while on a cruise), it was broken and Dr kept x-raying it every 2 weeks. I asked why and he said if it didn't heal properly, it would require surgery!!! Now I had another toe on other foot that didn't get seen by Dr and is crooked. Better go see the Dr.

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    Ice compression elevation and rest, just like an ankle. I have broken a couple toes over the years (clumsy and osteoporotic!!)

    Do take care. Mine never went back quite right and I have shoes that won't fit properly. As a shoe addict, this is killing me and I am keeping them anyway hoping my feet will shrink or someday I'll have surgery.

    ugh ugh! I'm sorry for your pain ( it hurts a lot more than people think!) and hope you heal properly.

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    Because I don't wear shoes in the house during the summer, I often have broken the little toes, just wear flat sandals and it will heal--a big toe is another situation, completely. Never had to deal with one of them. piecefully, the old one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Go to the doctor, have it realigned and taped (pulled/jerked/snapped as bearisgray said).
    When I broke mine it was at right angles to my foot. The doctor did his thing and my toe is OK today. It does not tell me about the weather so he must have done it correctly.
    My toe was pointing south when the rest of my toes were pointing west - stupid door frame jumped out and attacked my bare foot!

    I WAS able to tape it to my foot and that reduced the pain immensely - HOWEVER - it was still dislocated when we got to the emergency room - and I am so glad that I had it taken care of.

    In my opinion, it is not worth taking a chance on having foot pain for the rest of one's life.

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    I didn't break my little toe, but did break one of the bones behind my big toe. The doctor told me it could take up to 6 months to heal. I think I broke it in January and have been wearing a dancers pad for the last 3 months, still hurts but not as bad or as often as before.

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    guess I was lucky when I ran into a stool and had my little toe cocked out to the side. I just iced it and taped it for several days and tho it was horribly
    bruised it healed fine but does tell me when bad weather is coming

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