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Old 04.02.2011, 10:12
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Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

The internets are being typically vague about whether one needs to visit a doctor if one is unable to walk very far after a disagreement with a concrete step, so I thought I'd seek words of experience from people I trust on the, er, internets...

Can a doctor actually do anything? Is it worth the expense? Am I likely to be able to be able to leave the house at all over the weekend, given that a 30 yard walk to the bus stop made me cry like a small child this morning? Is a broken toe like a piece of string? Am I just a big wuss?

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Old 04.02.2011, 10:14
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

They hurt like mad but in my experience the doctor just straps the toe to the next toe to give it some support. It helps if you use a stick to walk with though - my sympathy. Little things that hurt a lot are so frustrating besides being painful. One likes to have something to show for ones agony.
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Old 04.02.2011, 10:21
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

Agree with Longbyt - a doctor won't do anything that you can't do at home. Ice to reduce the swelling is good. Recovery time is frustratingly slow (probably because I didn't go to the doctor....) I heard a rumour that a Pedigree footbath can help as well.

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Old 04.02.2011, 10:22
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

I went to my doctor when I broke my toe. His response was "You've broken your toe. What do you expect me to do about it?"
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Old 04.02.2011, 10:25
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

Just keep asking us, you get a lot more sympthy on here.

Mind you, if my toe were sticking out sidesways or looked really weird, I might toddle along to the doctor's just for a change in reading matter. You'd probably pick up a few bugs in the waiting room though, so make sure you have a nurse around for the next few days if you do decide to go.
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Old 04.02.2011, 10:28
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

broken my big toes a few times, doctors never did anything about it, hurts like hell the first time it wouldn't hurt to goto the dr just to make sure (ok walking to the dr's will hurt lol)

ETA Next time curl your toes up before you kick somthing
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

Suggest you ask Mrs Doolittle - she knows all about broken toes...
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Old 04.02.2011, 10:32
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

Don't be such a big girl's blouse, just live with it man.
If it is that distressing, Aron Ralston has some super tips for dealing with painful appendages.
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

any underlying med conditions we need to know about that would impare normal healing?

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AIDS`?
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

Which toe is it, I seem to have missed it that? If it's the big toe, go see the doctor, for the others, not a lot can be done.
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If it is that distressing, Aron Ralston has some super tips for dealing with painful appendages.
My wife said something similar, but she mentioned someone called Lorena Bobbitt...
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any underlying med conditions we need to know about that would impare normal healing?

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I'm a long-term survivor of hypochondria, if that helps.

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Which toe is it, I seem to have missed it that? If it's the big toe, go see the doctor, for the others, not a lot can be done.
Big toe.
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My wife said something similar, but she mentioned someone called Lorena Bobbitt...
Except his didn't hurt before ...
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

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Big toe.

the most painful one, now it'll be weaker too, so a good chance you'll break it again in the future, just to cheer you up my right ones gone about 3 times now
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Goodness, you brits have a strange anatomy.

Where did you say this toe was?!
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

The important thing is to rest but it would be a good idea to go to the doctor and check that there is really a fracture or not, you can see if there are changes in the skin (it has turned purple and the toe is throbbing)...it is good then if the doc immobilizes it and gives you some pain killers (the good ones ).
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...... You'd probably pick up a few bugs in the waiting room though, so make sure you have a nurse around for the next few days if you do decide to go.
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Aren't you supposed to be the nurse? Are you trying to get out of your duties? No sympathy here.
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Old 04.02.2011, 10:46
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

OW! DB I literally feel your pain!! I broke my toe on Monday evening

I only broke the little one though and not the big one

Anyway, I would say go to the doctor. I was reluctant but my work accident insurance wanted me to so I went. They x-rayed to confirm break and then they made a plastic mould that goes around my toes and foot. I am amazed at how good it is! Not only does it protect it from anymore knocks but it actually stabilises the toe so walking is much less painful. It still hurts of course but at least I'm not trying to walk on the ball of my foot anymore

Also, I find that it is still really painful even with the mould on in the morning but in the afternoon it becomes much more comfortable.
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

You poor thing, it really hurts. Put your foot up to help reduce the swelling!

The problem is they often break again just when the bones are growing together.
I would go to a good A & E and get an X-Ray and a special shoe or a plaster cast, it will heal quicker in the long run.

You might even get the weekend off work, and you would definitely get an "excused going shopping" chit.

Tincture of Arnica is very good with easing the bruising (Arnica Salbe).
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Re: Possible broken toe: worth hobbling to the doctor's?

I broke my little toe once, accidentally kicking into my suitcase 15 min before leaving for Paris. The pain in the plane was excruciating, and I managed to painfully hobble for a week of sight-seeing.

I went to the doctor's went I went back: he told me that as long as the toe is not sticking at a weird angle (which requires surgery), there's absolutely nothing to do about it except rest and wear comfortable flat shoes...

It was really painful for a good 3 weeks, and stayed sensitive for much longer.
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