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Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby schmalz » Wed May 15, 2013 11:19 am

A couple weeks ago, on my birthday no less, I sprained my toe as I stumbled barefoot while holding my baby. I didn't think too much of it at the time, but it is still a nuisance and it has completely ceased my ability to be physically active. I'm hopeful I'll be able to hike again in a couple weeks, but I'm curious if other people have dealt with this before.

From what I've read online, there is little I can do other than ice it, elevate it, rest it, and take anti-inflammatory medicine. I can't believe how long it is taking to heal.



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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby rlown » Wed May 15, 2013 2:50 pm

you could go to a doctor and have it x-rayed? maybe?
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby schmalz » Wed May 15, 2013 3:37 pm

Maybe. I don't think the doctor could do anything for me really even if they did find a fracture. It's not that bad, just very slow to heal.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby rlown » Wed May 15, 2013 4:21 pm

just saying a sprain is different than a fracture. different precautions.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby Jimr » Wed May 15, 2013 4:29 pm

I've broken toes on several occasions. Other than what you mentioned, you could tape it to a neighboring toe, but it won't do much except help keep it from moving if you jam it again. If it looks to be in place and not protruding in a weird direction, there's nothing the dx would do.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby rlown » Wed May 15, 2013 4:40 pm

do you really want to read "online" remedies, or listen to me or Jimr about what to do?

Doctor, if you have one. Xray, they have that. plan, they give you one. before you tape your toes.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby schmalz » Wed May 15, 2013 5:31 pm

rlown wrote:do you really want to read "online" remedies, or listen to me or Jimr about what to do?

Doctor, if you have one. Xray, they have that. plan, they give you one. before you tape your toes.


In this case, yes I do. There is nothing a doctor can do for me unless it is displaced and requires surgery.

The difference between a sprain and break has no impact on what I should be doing to recover, just the timeframe.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby schmalz » Wed May 15, 2013 5:31 pm

Jimr wrote:I've broken toes on several occasions. Other than what you mentioned, you could tape it to a neighboring toe, but it won't do much except help keep it from moving if you jam it again. If it looks to be in place and not protruding in a weird direction, there's nothing the dx would do.


How long did it take before you were able to hike again without remembering you toe was ever broken?
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby rlown » Wed May 15, 2013 5:46 pm

so, a doctor didn't even look at your foot?
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby schmalz » Wed May 15, 2013 5:51 pm

rlown wrote:so, a doctor didn't even look at your foot?


Nope.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby rlown » Wed May 15, 2013 6:04 pm

why not? webmd and this site are not medical staff. you go to your doctor first and tell us what happened.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby Jimr » Thu May 16, 2013 9:16 am

A good 5 weeks, if I remember correctly. Was it the baby toe? I've broken a baby toe at least 5 times and second smallest once. After the second break, I stopped going to dx's just to pay to hear the same thing. If it's lined up as it should be, there's nothing to do but protect it from further injury and manage the pain. Oh yeah, and hobble for a couple of weeks.
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