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Gehanna
06-15-2005, 05:48 PM
I don't know yet if I broke mine because it is too swollen to tell.

About two days ago I was sitting at my desk doing some work, as usual. When I went to get up out of my chair, my left foot slipped and slammed into the corner of my desk. I have a hardwood floor in this room and I was barefoot.

The third toe of my left foot got crunched something awful. I haven't felt pain like that in a long time. The pain shot up my leg and it hurt so bad that I felt like I was going to throw up.

The good thing is, it doesn't hurt anymore. It is completely numb. I also invented two new cuss words but saying them just doesn't do anything for me now like they did at the time.

The color of my toe and foot is real interesting. I saw a toe this color once when I twisted one off a person because it was necrotic and about to fall off anyway.

My husband reminds me, very often, that I am dangerous to my own health. So I'm a klutz. I guess there are worse things to be.

Gehanna

Inspired
06-15-2005, 05:55 PM
I haven't, but had a good friend who did.

It sounds like you did break it. I'd keep putting ice on it, get an x-ray, or at least splint it, so it doesn't heal crooked. Since it's completely numb, I would be a little worried you have damaged it quite a bit. Hopefully, it's just from the swelling.

The pain shooting up your leg could've been a nerve getting hit hard (or a bone breaking), but the nausea is what happened to a friend of mine who broke his foot. He said he knew he broke it when he felt like throwing up.

http://my.webmd.com/hw/foot_problems/tp21132.asp

Gehanna
06-15-2005, 05:58 PM
Thank You Inspired :)

mmm... pancakes
06-15-2005, 06:10 PM
I have.

When I was about seven I was playing one-on-one soccer with a friend. The ball was a pillow. I was attempting a deft maneouvre involving a chip with the outside of my foot and a run down the sideline (next to the dining table).

My friend was envisioning a goal. He reared back and kicked hard the pillow... at the same time I was doing my 'chip, run, score' thing. The ball of his big toe joint impacted one side of the pillow as the outside of my right foot impacted the other. The result was just like him kicking my little toe as hard as he could. It broke.

But we didn't know until we got it x-rayed a week later. I'm just so tough, I guess. Either that or it was a gentle break. I do remember a lot of hopping and tears.

I think the worst thing I ever did was a rolled ankle playing squash. Now THAT hurt, and turned all sorts of amusing colours.

BradyH1861
06-15-2005, 06:34 PM
I have broken the same one twice. It sucked both times.

Brady H.

rhymegirl
06-15-2005, 06:55 PM
I've never broken a toe but I've dropped things on my toes quite a bit. That sure hurts. Have you ever have an ingrown toenail? That hurts like crazy.

robeiae
06-15-2005, 07:13 PM
The third toe of my left foot got crunched something awful.
I've broken a toe three different times. The one you broke, well there's not much to do for it but wait. You can get an x-ray (I always did), but it won't matter. Ice it good and STAY OFF IT! If you have to walk, get crutches...it's annoying, but the pain will stop quicker if you do this. You can splint it if you can manage it, but it probably won't matter, unless the break has your toe at a right angle with the bone protruding (in which case, you might consider a hospital...).

Rob :)

Pat~
06-15-2005, 07:17 PM
I broke my little toe when I was about 10. I was at camp, running around on the hard wood floor and stubbed it good on my friend's shoe. Little toe, BIG pain. My 5'2" counselor carried me all the way down to the dining hall on piggyback; it swelled up and turned an interesting assortment of reds and blues. I'd just learned to go off the highdive, so continued despite the pain; learned how to walk on the inside of my foot that summer. No cast was necessary, and I ditched the crutches after about a day, when the novelty wore off.

Hope yours feels better soon!

Fractured_Chaos
06-15-2005, 07:57 PM
I never did adjust to the fact that I have big feet. I was carrying my newborn (1st) daughter to bed one night, stumbled and slammed my pinky toe into the doorjam. Oh, yes. It was most definately broken. It hung at an odd angle, and half my foot was black the next morning.

Fast forward 12 years, living in the country, same daughter, seriously into bird rescue. Driving down a country road toward home with a load of groceries. Said daughter freaks, I slam on the brakes, she goes jumping out of the car, and I'm hot-footing it behind her (she saw a hawk that was "struggling"). At one point, as I'm coming up behind her, I trip over...my shadow.

I hear, and feel a nice loud SNAP. Fortunately it was the left ankle, not the right, so I could still drive. Barely. Yes, I -broke- my ankle tripping over my own shadow. That's pathetic.

And the hawk flew off. He was wrestling with his dinner. >.<

maestrowork
06-15-2005, 08:32 PM
Where is brokenfinger when we need him?



(I've never broken anything until I broke my hand snow-skiing 3 years ago. It wasn't really painful, but I didn't know it was broken until a few weeks later -- it wasn't really that swollen... so it didn't heal well at first. It took over 4 months to heal that damn hand.)

Paint
06-15-2005, 08:57 PM
I think it is critical to keep it straight. As you age (Yuk! I hate that statement)
it will hurt and give you trouble unless you wear flip-flops all the time.
I jumped out of a tree backwards as a kid, story of my life. There was a mattress there and I missed it! Anyway I sprained my ankle. The colors were the best part of it. That and the sympathy. Except for one well meaning neighbor who made a wrap for it with bacon grease.
That's my story.
Paint

mdmkay
06-15-2005, 08:58 PM
If I may interject at this point (I'm not BF, but I promise I'll do my best). Since it's your third toe there isn't anything that the doctor can do about it except say "boy, I bet that does hurt" then tell you to go home keep your weight off of it, ice it at only 30min intervals (meaning only have the ice pack on for 30 minutes then take it off) x 4-5 times a day. If it has been a few days and it is still swollen let it soak while you take a bath to help new circulation come to the toe. If it appears crooked you can try splinting it to the 2nd and 4th toe with medical tape but you will find that a bit uncomfy and will make it more difficult to walk. Whenever you are laying down put that foot up on 2 pillows (again, to promote healing by circulating good blood to replace the edema and damaged collarteral blood in area.) Other than that anyone you encounter be sure and show them the damaged foot and encourage all the sympathy forth coming. As long as possible use it for an excuse to make hubby do anything you don't want to (honey, I'd be happy to do it...but my foot hurts so badly....see my toe is still really black and blue....standing to wash dishes would make it really worse, you don't want me to have have an amputation do you??) You won't have to have your toe amputated of course but just depends on the guilt factor you need to motivate him.

FINALLY....whatever you do DO NOT LET YOUR HUSBAND SEE THIS POST.... and in a couple of weeks you'll be good as new.

Christine N.
06-15-2005, 09:19 PM
You might also try taping it to the toe next to it. Or get one of those little finger spints and slip it on. Everyone else it correct, the doc won't do a thing unless the fracture is displaced (it's not in line with the rest of the bone).

RICE, baby - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. You can skip the compression, but keep it up. And nothing but hard soled, flat shoes for a while - no sneakers!

Can you tell I used to be in healthcare?? LOL Years of experience as an EMT and an Athletic Trainer.

And I've heard that snap before (whoever broke their ankle) ... when I slipped on the ice in January. Exept it was my leg, right below the knee. Ouch.

William Haskins
06-15-2005, 09:28 PM
Have you ever broken a toe?

yes, but never my own.

mdmkay
06-15-2005, 09:33 PM
The colors were the best part of it. That and the sympathy. Except for one well meaning neighbor who made a wrap for it with bacon grease.
That's my story.




Hmmmmmm bacon grease ya say???? Nice thought I guess. If you had a bad splinter you couldn't get out...actually a piece of bacon can make a decent plaster to draw it out but bacon GREASE...........ucky

Medievalist
06-15-2005, 10:34 PM
I've broken several toes several times; I have no depth perception, and we had Dales horses <g>

There's not a lot the doctor can do; it's worth going to see one in case there are splinters of bone (this happened to one of mine once) that could be nasty later.

Ice, and stay off it, and keep it propped so other people don't step on it. . . .

BradyH1861
06-15-2005, 10:51 PM
I have a habit of stepping on toes...

Brady H.

TheNightTerror
06-16-2005, 02:08 AM
I don't know if I ever actually broke my toe, but if I didn't, I came close. I was hungry, and paused a movie I was watching to quickly run and get some food. The VCR only paused for 5 minutes, so if I was going to make something to eat, I had to move.

When I ran by the couch, only 4/5 toes cleared it. Baby toe got hooked. I hit it hard enough that I fell over, and I was kicking and screaming on the floor for long enough that my mom actually came to check on me and see what I was screaming about, and the tape started playing. Couldn't so much as let a blanket touch it when I was sleeping that night without it hurting like hell.

I just stayed off it, it got better fairly fast. :) That's mainly why I don't think I broke it, I probably just . . . did . . . something. :tongue

oswann
06-16-2005, 01:21 PM
Strange thread, but yes, I broke my second toe about ten years ago and it hurt like hell and looked like a small salami. The doctor said more or less,

'Wow looks like it hurts like hell and it bears a close resemblance to a small salami.'
'Thanks Doc.'
'No problem, give me forty bucks.'
'Yeah right.'
'No, I'm serious.'




Os.

Gehanna
06-16-2005, 02:59 PM
Hahaha!! Oswann, I don't mean to laugh but I couldn't help it.... Oh man! now I'm paranoid.

When I was a little girl, I laughed at the boy who lived next door to me because I could ride a bike and he couldn't. Immediately after that, I wrecked on my bike and busted my nose and my mouth! Blood was running all over the place. It isn't good for me to laugh at people for certain things.

This is yet another example of proof that for whatever reason I get immediate Karmic results that end up teaching me BIG lessons. Either that or I'm cursed.

:flag:

Gehanna

bluwinteryfox
06-16-2005, 08:05 PM
My husband reminds me, very often, that I am dangerous to my own health. So I'm a klutz. I guess there are worse things to be.Gehanna
We sound a lot alike. I've broken the same toe two times, and one of the other foot once. The first time I broke toe one I hit the bed. I heard the crack and my husband heard me cuss. We taped it and iced it. Up a few years. We had a cement block on the back porch. I was carrying a some toys for my son to play with and some nitwit moved the cement block, my toe found it. This time I heard no crack, I was smart enough to watch my mouth innocence ears were around. But I felt like throwing up, again. So I tried to wrap it and iced it. My husband laughed as he was taping it that evening. Ahead several more years. Toe number one again found the bed.

I've also given myself a concussion by hitting the botton of a glass door of our entertainment center and the botton of the freezer door.

Klutzes unite!

Fractured_Chaos
06-16-2005, 08:20 PM
Klutzes unite!

That might be dangerous!

Yes, this comes from the person who cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.

Nivvie
06-17-2005, 03:12 PM
Yes, this comes from the person who cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.

:ROFL:

Please tell me your car is distraction free, and that everyone knows better than to talk to you while you're chopping with sharp knives!

Gehanna
06-17-2005, 07:57 PM
I inherited being a klutz from my father who is absolutely the most accident prone person I've ever known.

Renee
06-18-2005, 04:14 AM
I've never broken a toe, but I did have a broke index finger (on the right hand.)

I was closing my car door and at the time had a lot on my mind. So I shut the door with my left hand without thinking. I literally slammed it (too hard) and closed it on my hand. I had to open the door w/ my left hand to release the right hand. That was the worse pain I had ever experienced. It throbbed and hurt like hell and since I wasn't sure if it was broken, but should have known since I was in excruiciating pain all day & night and had to keep my arm above my head to bare the pain. Normally I can take a bit of pain - more than most - so I should have known right away it was broke.

X-Rays said my finger was broke in three spots.

Fractured_Chaos
06-18-2005, 08:20 AM
:ROFL:

Please tell me your car is distraction free, and that everyone knows better than to talk to you while you're chopping with sharp knives!

The car? Distraction free? :ROFL:!!!

My car is a rolling joke! Not too long ago, the latch on the driver's door broke. This is a 2-door, Ford Tempo. Small car. I had to drive around for 2 weeks with a bungie strap around the door and the headrest bar. I couldn't roll up the window (thank goodness the weather was good), and I had to climb in and out through the passenger side. Keep in mind this is a small car, and it's a 5-speed. I also have a large butt.

Yes, you may laugh out loud.

As for using sharp objects...yes...I warn people to stay away from me when I'm cutting something. Not because they'd get hurt, but because I'm such a danger to myself. And some people wonder why I refuse to work food service anymore!

Renee
06-19-2005, 07:44 AM
The car? Distraction free? :ROFL:!!!

My car is a rolling joke! Not too long ago, the latch on the driver's door broke. This is a 2-door, Ford Tempo. Small car. I had to drive around for 2 weeks with a bungie strap around the door and the headrest bar. I couldn't roll up the window (thank goodness the weather was good), and I had to climb in and out through the passenger side. Keep in mind this is a small car, and it's a 5-speed. I also have a large butt.

Yes, you may laugh out loud.

As for using sharp objects...yes...I warn people to stay away from me when I'm cutting something. Not because they'd get hurt, but because I'm such a danger to myself. And some people wonder why I refuse to work food service anymore!

LOL :flag: Ok...I won't say anything about the Tempo..hehe..just know I'm dyin' to cause they are (next to a Pinto) my least favorite kind of car. But hey I know how the whole car drama is - not anymore thank god! LOL...

PS- Get that knife away from me! I'm already accident prone enough as it is..lol..

Fractured_Chaos
06-20-2005, 08:29 AM
LOL :flag: Ok...I won't say anything about the Tempo..hehe..just know I'm dyin' to cause they are (next to a Pinto) my least favorite kind of car. But hey I know how the whole car drama is - not anymore thank god! LOL...

Hey, I didn't get the car because I liked it. ;)

I got it because it was affordable and available at the time, and I reallllllly needed a car. I'm rather proud of the fact that I can drive a stick, though. I was left without much choice. Of course now, when I try to drive my fiance's automatic, I keep looking for the shifter on the floor. >.<


PS- Get that knife away from me! I'm already accident prone enough as it is..lol..

*Pssst* You have nothing to worry about. I'm only a danger to myself when I use a knife.

bluwinteryfox
06-20-2005, 05:01 PM
That might be dangerous! Yes, this comes from the person who cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.

And you were afraid to have us klutzs unit. Look we took over this toe breaking thread- sorry about that- and I don't think any of us have done any more damages to ourself or others than we generally would.

I fall up stairs. I've broken my wrist and my fingers doing this. One person wanted to place me in a glass house so Id be watched 24-7. I said you want me DEAD, Id break the glass and be ripped to shreds. They never gave me an answer.

mdmkay
06-20-2005, 11:13 PM
I fall up stairs. I've broken my wrist and my fingers doing this

Always great to know you're not the only one. I've fallen up stairs much more often then down....but then again when I fall DOWN them I do much more damage...always break more than just one major bone.......thank God not my hips yet...but I suppose that's coming next.

Canada James
06-27-2005, 10:13 AM
I've broken my toe(s) several times. Back in high school when I was in Tae Kwon Do, and was too lazy to pull back my toes when I kicked. The first time I went to the doctor. But there was nothing they could do except tape it to another functioning toe (helps to make it heal straight - less likelihood of stubbing it).

Ahhh, good times.

Eveningsdawn
06-27-2005, 08:47 PM
I almost broke my toe, about five years ago. I tried to take a running leap from the doorway of my room to the bed - a distance of about six feet. And I did make it to the bed, despite the fact that I was about twelve and jumping farther than I was tall. However, I smashed my foot on a fan that was between the door and the bed. It hurt. I didn't actually break it, but there was blood. Lots of it.

(I didn't scream until I was sitting on the bed and had taken off my sock to examine the wound. Then I howled.)

spanner3
11-22-2007, 04:44 PM
I've never broken a toe but I've dropped things on my toes quite a bit. That sure hurts. Have you ever have an ingrown toenail? That hurts like crazy.


I've never broken a toe, but I have broken my little finger on my right hand.
It's poetic justice really. I should never have given the dog groomer a right hook, no matter what she called me.

Maggie:Shrug: