While we were gone, the snowstorm hit, so after a 2 hr ride home, we returned to a driveway and porch filled with snow. In order to park the car and get into the house, the snow needed to be shoveled, and super smart me went to work, clearing our way back into the house.
By now my poor toe has started to really swell and turn purple. I took Aleve, iced it and propped it up on a pillow, and took an ativan to help me sleep. Today I kept it iced and elevated and took more aleve, but it continued to swell and when I moved it, I could feel some movement inside the toe.
I couldn't get in to be seen until after 6pm. When I put on a socks and shoes, the pain is searing, and the whole foot and lower leg (mid calf down) starts to get tingly. My PCP sent me home with a referral for xray, an RX for percocet, and orders to continue ice and rest and get the xray 1st thing in the am.
I know there's not much else that can be done for a baby toe, but I was wondering if anyone knows how long recovery takes, and if any one has any advice for proper care and pain management? I can already feel myself starting to get a little restless, and I hate not being able to walk around. Ugh!
I can't tell you how many broken toes I've had (very clumsy ) You might try taping it to your fourth toe when the swelling goes down--not too tight!
it sucks that it's wintertime--it would heal faster if you could wear slippers or flip flops.
It started to feel better after a few weeks. But it wasn't until around Christmas that I didn't notice it any longer. I can still give it a little twist and feel where she snapped it.
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It makes all the difference, you don't have to use your toes to walk or hold the shoe. Ask for it!!!
What helped me the most was that I had a pair of broad-toed hiking boots to wear. I could get my foot in with a minimum of toe-moving, and there was lots of space for my swollen toe to just sit there during classes.
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Take Calcium with Vitamin D to help the bones knit back together more quickly, stay off it as much as possible, and try to be patient.
I have broken more toes than I have (which means I broken all of them and most more than once). It's painful but usually by day 10 the pain is much better, and its just sore for a few more weeks.
My mom's friend has a 'boot' for me, so I won't have to purchase one. In the mean time. I'll keep off of it for a few days, continue to ice and take aleve.
Tushnurse, thanks for the calcium suggestion. I've got some in the medicine cabinet I can take.
Sorry to hear of so many toe injuries, but glad to hear everyone bounced back so quickly!
Buddy taping is a good idea too. And keep up the ice, rest, and elevation.