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2012-06-07 5:32 PM

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Missed a stair and I think it broke, although it doesn't seem visibly displaced it's a nice purple. Not sure if it's worth trying to get an appointment as I'm on a trip for the next 5 days. Would it normally be a problem waiting that long to get it checked? I read they usually just tape it to the next toe anyway..which didn't work for me as that just made it worse.


2012-06-07 6:16 PM
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Not a medical person so this is not medical advise but anecdotally, I have broken a toe or two (or six or seven) in my day.  Generally even if it is broken you are correct, all they will do is tape it. 

They can do that two ways.  One is to tape it to the toe next to it.  If that causes it more pain make a splint out of anything that won't irritate the toe (ice cream sticks worked well when I was younger) and just tape it that way by itself.

Do watch it though and if it starts to get worse or if you need the piece of mind, see the doc.

2012-06-07 7:56 PM
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Not a big deal to wait.  Buddy tape it and thats the treatment 98% of the time anyway
2012-06-08 8:27 AM
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Copy that guys thanks, I'll lay off activity for the week as the bottom of the other foot was bruised as well, and check in back home if it's bothersome then.
2012-06-08 12:12 PM
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Agree with the tape.  I broke my little toe awhile ago, and went to the doctor.  He said tape it to the toe next to it, and wait.  I put some gauze between the toes, just for some comfort.  I wore the tape for about 2 weeks.  
2012-06-08 3:28 PM
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I broke my little toe last year and waited 3 weeks before I saw a doctor (podiatrist).  Silly me, I thought that I would be fine to run after 3 weeks and the doctor assured me that it takes the bone 6-8 weeks to heal completely.  He said that if I had come in right after the injury, that he would have put me in a boot just to keep the toe from moving too much.  I was wearing sandals to work (with my busines suits) for over a month!


2012-06-15 7:28 AM
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Just a quick update, went for an X-ray as I thought it would be a good idea to make sure everything was lined up correctly. The only bone that broke was the tip of the toe, in 3 places , the larger bones were lined up fine, so it all worked out. Kind of have needless X-ray guilt going but oh well
2012-08-02 2:47 PM
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I just broke my pinkie toe yesterday, hope yours healed nicely!  Those of you who have experienced broken toes before, did you stop all workouts or did you continue to bike and swim?  Also, how long would you say it took your foot to heal before you could run again?  My first ever tri is scheduled for labor day, so about 5 weeks away... Thanks!! 
2012-08-03 9:49 AM
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qtzie - 2012-08-02 2:47 PM I just broke my pinkie toe yesterday, hope yours healed nicely!  Those of you who have experienced broken toes before, did you stop all workouts or did you continue to bike and swim?  Also, how long would you say it took your foot to heal before you could run again?  My first ever tri is scheduled for labor day, so about 5 weeks away... Thanks!! 

Mine was super sore for at least a week, but after that I was able to bike and swim with no issues.  It did hurt a bit to get my foot into the bike shoe due to the swelling, but once I got going, it was fine.  Hope you have a quick recovery!

2012-08-03 3:43 PM
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Thanks Aggie!  I am itching to do a workout and tried swimming this morning and it was sub par.  Only two days past injury so I might be pushing it too much too soon.  Maybe I'll give it a full week off and then try a bike ride or swim.  Do you remember how long you waited until you could run comfortably?
2012-08-03 5:32 PM
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I broke my little toe on Sunday 7/29/12.  I took a few days off run training.  I swam on Monday, Spin Class and swam on Tuesday, and ran a 5K on the Treadmill on Wednesday.  I was surprised I could run that soon, with just mild pain for the 1st mile or so.  I've broken this toe MANY times before.  The toe is not pretty, but it doesn't hurt too much, so I'll take it.


2012-08-03 9:09 PM
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Thanks Jstomuch!  I don't care if the toe is 'pretty' or not.  Most shoes hide it anyway.    But it does make me feel a little down to be held back by something out of my control.  Do you recommend training again as quickly as you did or would you suggest waiting a little longer?
2012-08-04 2:39 PM
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Sorry to hear of all these broken little piggies.. Fwiw it's been almost two months. I get a sharp stab anytime the toe pushes down toward the floor, so it doesn't support much weight yet. I thought it would be further along. Admittedly I only went to urgent care for an xray and not a podiatrist. It was broken in three pieces, so I'm guessing it may not have healed. Will probably visit my sports podiatrist. We're on first name basis after three years of plantar f, mortons and fractured sesmoids. Normal walking around is mostly pain free, just no pushing through the toes (as in calf raises).
2012-08-04 10:00 PM
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I'm not a Dr., but I'll play one here on the forum.  I don't think you can do much more damage to the toe, so its a matter of tolerating the pain.  I only had moderate discomfort after 3 days, so I'm continuing to train.  If your toe hurts a lot, then you have to back off running.  You can probably still swim and bike without too much discomfort.
2012-08-06 8:08 AM
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Thank you both!  I did a 15 mile bike ride yesterday (4 days after I broke it) with no problems at all so at least I know I can bike.  So thankful for multi-sport training right now so I still have some sort of workouts I love.  Thanks again!
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