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Old 09-29-2011, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Broken foot?

No, not Gunner thank goodness...ME! My 1 year old was cleaning up toys when he dropped a huge heavy metal toy tractor right on my barefoot. It landed on my right foot on that tiny bone that connects the big toe to the rest of the foot. It HURTS! The thing that freaks me out too is that I can see the bone sticking up funny. I hate going to the doctor...especially if it is broken but they can't do anything about it. How can I tell if it's broken and what should I do? It hurts like heck but I have a high pain tolerance and it's bearable.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure I broke my toe stubbing on a door frame once. I just iced, took ibuprofen and splinted it by taping it to the next toe. I've also had stress fractures in my foot before when I ran cross country and there isn't much they could do for that either. Can you move your toe? That's the thing that I would be most concerned about. I'm no doctor, but I hear you on not wanting to go if they can't do much.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I can move my toes, but they are numb. Feels like they are asleep. The bone is the skinny one that connects the toe to the foot...it's sticking up really weird. My hubby wants me to have it xrayed but honestly I don't see the point. It's in a really bad spot that I'm sure can't be fixed.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds painful, but my guess is that the bone that is sticking up oddly is not going to go back in place by itself and could impact how shoes and sneakers fit for the rest of your life. I am with your husband on this. Poor you!
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Old 09-30-2011, 05:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Because it's numb, you need to go have it checked out as soon as you can. Numbness and being able to see a bone displaced aren't good signs. Honestly, if I had that happen to me and I had numbness and saw a bone sticking up, I'd have my butt in the ER immediately. Your big toe and its bones are a major part of your foot, so I wouldn't play around with this. I'm recovering from a broken leg, and breaking any bone hurts like hell- but it needs to be taken care of by a doctor.

As for how to tell if it's broken, sometimes you can and sometimes you can't. Seeing a bone sticking up isn't good, though. The only way to really tell for sure is an x-ray. I've had people walk a couple miles on a broken ankle before. It's definitely possible to walk with broken bones. Course, if you're in a lot of pain, having numbness, and you can see a bone sticking up, it's almost definitely broken and you need a doctor. Not to harp on it, but improperly healed bones can leave you crippled. I learned far more than I wanted to about that after I broke my leg.

And an x-ray isn't too bad of a thing to have done. Best case, they take pics and you go home with an ice pack. Worst case, it's broken, but then you can get it taken care of and don't wind up with a permanent limp or permanent damage to your foot.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I work in a podiatrist office, and we see this frequently. There are things that can be done for a broken toe, and if you don't want arthritis and pain I suggest you have a podiatrist take a look at it (ER will do nothing).
The bump you may see could be substantial swelling, or a true break. That would have taken a lot of force for the toe to break so badly that it causes displacement upwards.
As for treatment. They will properly splint your toe and give you a special shoe that will displace your weight. Likely you will be prescribed anti-inflammatories and instructed to ice, rest, and elevate (they've taken care of the compression with the splint).
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I have to say, I missed the seeing something sticking out and there wasn't anything about the numbness in the first post. So yeah, I would go to the doctor for that. I was just thinking a smashed toe when I made my post
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I'm pretty sure I broke my toe stubbing on a door frame once. I just iced, took ibuprofen and splinted it by taping it to the next toe. I've also had stress fractures in my foot before when I ran cross country and there isn't much they could do for that either. Can you move your toe? That's the thing that I would be most concerned about. I'm no doctor, but I hear you on not wanting to go if they can't do much.
Just for future reference, there is plenty that can be done for a fracture (of any sort) in the foot and ankle. Medicine and protocols change yearly for standard of care.
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:59 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Alrighty...you guys convinced me. As much as I HATE doctors, I'll go. Funny that I'll take the human kids and fur kids to their doctors without a thought, but I always put off going myself. I limped around all day yesterday and although it looks better and the swelling has gone down, it's still not right. The pain is bearable, but I've had two kids naturally so I think my pain threshold is pretty high I'm going to an urgent care place later today. I'll let you know what they say.
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Here's the pic of it that I sent my husband (he's overseas). It's the right foot...see the weird bones below the toe? Any thoughts?
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The picture is too small. Inflammation and cellulitis (which I doubt you have) can look bumpy just like a bone (and hard too). It's best you check out a dr.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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as much as you hate going to the doctor maybe try a very well reputable chiropractor. They know about all the bones and nerves and they can take an x ray and check it out. A lot of the time if its a chiropractor that really cares about the client and not money they can help and if there is any nerve damage they can refer you to a M.D.
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I've had bumps like that on areas I could have sworn were broken, but they weren't. If I had to guess, it's probably a contusion. But you should probably head to the doctor. They my not be able to do anything, but aggravating it if it IS broken won't be good. So it's at least best to know. Good luck!
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