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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby schmalz » Thu May 16, 2013 11:07 am

Thanks Jim. That sounds about right. I somehow got the toe next to the big one.

Rlown - Hopefully Jim answered your question.



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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby maverick » Thu May 16, 2013 3:49 pm

I would get it checked just to make sure it isn't displaced because if it sets the wrong
way it can cause a lot of pain and require surgery to get fixed.
One guy I knew broke his toe and did not get it checked, it set at a weird angle
which after a few months of hiking started causing him a lot of pain, he could not push
off with his right foot, and ended up having to get surgery which could have been
avoided. Why risk losing several weeks of backpacking when you can get it checked
out and fixed before the high season starts.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby schmalz » Tue May 21, 2013 4:06 pm

just an update on this, and a follow up to the questions about why I hadn't gone to the doctor...

Well... I really despise our health care system so I only use it when necessary. I have health insurance btw.

In this case, I decided after 3 weeks that I might as well be safe about it because I want to make sure everything is good in July.

Took off 2 hours to go to the doctor. Spent 95 percent of that time waiting. Had to demand an xray. Doctor looked at the xray, said it looked fine and I should just use RICE (as I originally assumed.)

Today, I get a call and he says he notices something and my pain might be caused by an old surgery I had. I've never had surgery on that foot or anywhere for that matter, and I've never had any foot pain. I call back, can't talk to the doctor of course, but talk to the nurse who explains that it might not be surgery but it could be something else but they don't know. They don't seem to know much so far.

So, I tell them I want to see a podiatrist. Something I wish I could have done initially but HMO's do not allow. A few hours later, I get a call that I will recieve a call in a few days to get an appointment to see a podiatrist, and the appointment will likely be 3-4 weeks from now.

Also, I have to go back to the hospital to get an xray on my non-injured foot before going to the podiatry office.

All in all a massive waste of time and resources and my experience with doctors does not usually make me feel very confident in their diagnosis. I took more time typing this post than my doctor did evaluating me.

Ah modern times and city living.
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Re: Sprained/Broken Toe

Postby maverick » Tue May 21, 2013 5:40 pm

Yes some are a pain to deal with but if you pay decades of monthly premiums
you might as well get some use of it.
Would ask for a second opinion and not let them expose you to any more radiation
without them explaining why the heck they need another x-ray of your non injured
foot which makes no sense unless they want to make money.
Have notice in dealing with some doctors that you have to go in informed, don't
agree with everything they tell you (they make a lot of mistakes to), and be firm,
stand up for your rights as a paying customer/patient.
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