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Old 24.06.2008, 09:57
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Broken toe...

My middle toe hit the door yesterday afternoon.... I even saw it coming in slow motion but was not able to stop it!!!

It is big and blue and painful, nothing I can't handle, but any idea what should I do? I do put ice on it, but can't take any pain killer...

Now even if I go to hospital, they will confirmed my toe is broken (I can confirmed that one myself) and they will not be able to do more then that.

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Old 24.06.2008, 10:11
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Re: Broken toe...

Sorry to hear that, Nil. I know this is painful. I had a broken toe, twice, and all they can do about it is to strap the toe toes together with band aid so that the broken one will be somewhat straight afterwards. But apart from pain killers, I don't know anything.

Get better, soon
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Old 24.06.2008, 10:13
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Re: Broken toe...

Ouch! Were you wearing shoes?
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Old 24.06.2008, 10:21
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Ouch! Were you wearing shoes?
LOL!!!!!

No I was in my house.... Remember? No shoes in my house!!! (I'm ****ing myself laughing right now.... love your question!)

I was going in the shower.
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Old 24.06.2008, 10:23
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Re: Broken toe...

I know that usually not much can be done. But what if the swelling prevents the bone fragments from growing together in the way they're supposed? If it was my toe, I'd x-ray the foot.
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Old 24.06.2008, 10:31
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LOL!!!!!

No I was in my house.... Remember? No shoes in my house!!! (I'm ****ing myself laughing right now.... love your question!)

I was going in the shower.
I rememberer hence the question Glad you did not take it the wrong way. There was definitely no schadenfreude involved

Once I ran to open the front door and hit my small toe (full force) against the edge of a rock table. I am sure I did major damage as to this day I feel strange sometimes (no I was not wearing shoes either).
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Old 24.06.2008, 10:44
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Re: Broken toe...

Ouch, I would strongly suggest you get it checked out either at the hospital or by your doctor. Better safe than sorry. make sure you get some professional advice as you don't want to be going round with a floppy toe now would you. They may also be able to prescribe you stronger pain killers if necessary.

I had a fractured bone in one of my big toes many years ago. Car went over it. I had to go back and have it X-rayed a few times to make sure it was not going to cause any problems and was healing ok. Took 6 weeks.
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Old 24.06.2008, 10:49
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I know that usually not much can be done. But what if the swelling prevents the bone fragments from growing together in the way they're supposed? If it was my toe, I'd x-ray the foot.

Nil is pregnant so she can not have a x-ray.

Strap the toes together with tape, and put some Aloe Vera (cold from the fridge, if you have no aloe vera m me your address, and i will send you a clipping of my plant) on to help with the swelling, i hope you are not in to much pain, and get better soon.
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Re: Broken toe...

As a person who's broken x7 toes playing football over the years, a bag of frozen peas should do the trick.
I don't bother going to hospital/gp any more after the 2nd time.

The swelling normally comes down after x3 days or so, wrap it to the toe next to it to give it support. Don't over tighten the bandage and you'll be okay. Make sure you don't keep the peas on it too long otherwise you'll end up with frost bite

The drugs that usually work for me and are not too strong last time I ended up with a broken ankle were a combo of Ibuprofen and Paracetemol.

Aparantly in A+E the nurse was saying as they are different drug groups they can be taken in combination.

However if you are pregnant you could try using Ibuprofen gel which is localised rather than flooding your bloodstream with the stuff.

However I am no GP and I suggest you get down to the "quacks" asap
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Re: Broken toe...

They won't do anything for a broken toe. I sat in the hospital for 3 hours only to be told they can do nothing. You can try the gel. You can treat yourself by using an elastic bandage. This will reduce the swelling and restrict movement. You can take panadol for the pain.
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Old 24.06.2008, 11:22
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Re: Broken toe...

Oh dear, I hope you feel better soon. I have broken my left big toe 3 times (accident prone? nah!) and the right one twice, so I hear ya!

The above mentioned suggestions should help sort it. I also recommend keeping it elevated if possible! Helps to control the swelling when it is sweltering outside.
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Re: Broken toe...

What Marie says is right, the first time I broke a toe I was white water rafting with 3 doctors all of whom confirmed the break, they strapped my toe to the one next to it said that was all that could be done.


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They won't do anything for a broken toe. I sat in the hospital for 3 hours only to be told they can do nothing. You can try the gel. You can treat yourself by using an elastic bandage. This will reduce the swelling and restrict movement. You can take panadol for the pain.
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Re: Broken toe...

Thank you all for your advises...

The pain is not that bad... it is more the pressure.

So no x-ray, no painkiller. I am sitting with my legs up and I put some ice on it. I did tape it last night to not hurt myself during my sleep.

But should I keep the tape all the time?

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Old 24.06.2008, 11:44
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Thank you all for your advises...

The pain is not that bad... it is more the pressure.

So no x-ray, no painkiller. I am sitting with my legs up and I put some ice on it. I did tape it last night to not hurt myself during my sleep.

But should I keep the tape all the time?

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Yes keep the tape on all the time to keep it stabalised
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Old 24.06.2008, 11:45
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But should I keep the tape all the time?
Whatever is comfortable. But if the tape is uncomfortable it probably means that it is on too tight. But sometimes it will be nice to give the toe a breather.

The other thing I ended up doing with the broken toe that I had was wearing solid hiking boots when I went out to give it some protection. Because it is a fundamental law of nature that if you break or stub a toe, you will repeatedly kick it again all the time.
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The other thing I ended up doing with the broken toe that I had was wearing solid hiking boots when I went out to give it some protection. Because it is a fundamental law of nature that if you break or stub a toe, you will repeatedly kick it again all the time.
Murphy's law!
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