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Old 09-02-09, 10:55 PM   #1
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Foot still messed up from wipeout/crash

So I crashed my bike almost 2 weeks ago, embedded train tracks...you guys know about that. Anyway, my elbow healed up fine, so did my knee.

My foot on the other hand...I dunno what the prob is, it's related to my work shoes I think. The "knuckles" of my foot hate my work shoes after I crashed. I think my (heavy) bike landed on my foot and squashed it and it did hurt at the time but not broken etc.

Even today my foot was like "FU" while I was wearing my work shoes, the shoes are flat office-y type of shoes that previously didn't bother my feet at all. WTF? I'm done with that job at the end of Friday, so it won't be a prob for long but what the frag is taking my stupid foot so long to HTFU?

I guess I shouldn't have gone running after work, either.
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Old 09-03-09, 11:32 AM   #2
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If the pain persists go see a podiatrist
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Don't blame your foot! Some injuries just take a long time to heal, especially if you're active while "healing". Feet and hands are notorious for taking a long time because they're so hard to rest. I once broke a little bone in my left hand that should've taken 3-6 weeks to heal up. Of course, I didn't rest it like my orthopedic surgeon recommended, and figured I just needed that hand to HTFU while I continued to live my normal (active) lifestyle. In the end, it took 6 months before that hand felt better again. In your case, I wouldn't mess around with it too much. If it's painful, see a doctor and if your doctor recommends rest, that's probably a good idea.
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Gotta watch out for those train tracks.




If you sprained your toes, the healing process could take a while. I'm old (nearly 40) so sprains take as much as 6 months to completely heal for me. You're young, IIRC, but two weeks still wouldn't be at all surprising.

The other (more likely given your description) possibility I see is that you chipped the bones. This will probably heal on it's own, though it will suck until it does.

How's your health insurance? If you can see a podiatrist on the cheap, I would probably do that just to hear something from someone who knows what they're talking about.
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Old 09-03-09, 01:35 PM   #5
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Don't blame your foot! Some injuries just take a long time to heal, especially if you're active while "healing". Feet and hands are notorious for taking a long time because they're so hard to rest. I once broke a little bone in my left hand that should've taken 3-6 weeks to heal up. Of course, I didn't rest it like my orthopedic surgeon recommended, and figured I just needed that hand to HTFU while I continued to live my normal (active) lifestyle. In the end, it took 6 months before that hand felt better again. In your case, I wouldn't mess around with it too much. If it's painful, see a doctor and if your doctor recommends rest, that's probably a good idea.
Yeah, that. It sounds very newagey, but don't take an antagonistic attitude towards an injured body part that's having the gall to interfere with your plans. I can attest that injuries to hands and feet are slow to heal, and are easily aggravated if you don't do the right thing -- becoming permanent injuries in many cases. If you're going to go the self-care route and wing it without a diagnosis, then for god's sake do it right. "HTFU" is one of the stupidest possible attitudes you can take towards an injured body part.
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Old 09-03-09, 01:55 PM   #6
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Yeah foot and ankle injuries take forever to heal. Unfortunately there really isn't much you can do about it. In my experience, even if you stay off of your feet, it might keep the pain down, but won't do anything to speed the healing.
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Luddy, do you get your foot x-rayed? Might have a fracture.
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It takes a long time to recover from a fracture or broken bone injury. Even after one regains use of the affected part, it won't feel like it did before.
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You might try looking into finding some Softwalk shoes, or other similar style. In my city, the store that carries them is in the hospital district; their primary market is nurses who are on their feet all day long. My wife gets Softwalks. She's a teacher and on the move a lot. You may find that your foot feels better in shoes like that. They have everything from dressy to casual.
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I've had a lot of foot issues over the years, because I am stupid and impulsive, and never really considered that one day I would be at the age where some guys are talking about "old football injuries" and I'm talking about "that one time I dropped a cinderblock and I had stupid hacky sack reflexes"

But anyway, if it feels like a fresh injury, bandage it up. Hey, spend the cash and see a sports trainer, there's bound to be a few in your area, and they can seriously work wonders. If it's got that old injury feeling, which is what it sounds like to me, since it's that one pair of shoes bugging you, what's worked for me is spending more time barefoot. Run on the beach, just walk around the yard, barefoot it up a bit. My secret barefootlike weapon is wearing loafers and toe socks. Injinji makes some nice socks that even in a pair of shoes, make you feel kinda barefoot, as long as they have a roomy toe box.
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Could you try some Crocs at work? Some people swear by them. Yeah, there are injuries that take months to heal. I think a foot X-ray sounds like a good idea, too.
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Again, I think you should see a doc - but crocs are good. I don't think the real ones are any better than the cheap imitations. I'd also recommend SOLE mouldable insoles - you warm these in the oven, step in them, and they mould to support your feet. They've worked better than 100 podiatrist made orthotics for me, and I know a lot of sportspeople and military types swear by them.
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I wore Crocs at work my last two days there, even though I wasn't allowed to wear "regular" shoes. What were they gonna do, fire me? It was ok at work, but then I went with my dog to the library which is an 8 block roundtrip walk and ow, I was limping. I know it's not broken (the pain was never on the "oh **** I broke something" scale, it's being a serious PITA. I'm taking 'er easy today gonna be barefoot the majority of the time.

I aint that far off 40, either, 35. I can't be arsed to go to a doctor, I didn't go to a Dr when I half ripped off my toenail whacking it on the coffee table either. The irony is I have coverage, I could go to any doctor for free, anytime. I just hate going to the Dr, they probably can't do anything for it, anyway.
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I wore Crocs at work my last two days there, even though I wasn't allowed to wear "regular" shoes. What were they gonna do, fire me? It was ok at work, but then I went with my dog to the library which is an 8 block roundtrip walk and ow, I was limping. I know it's not broken (the pain was never on the "oh **** I broke something" scale, it's being a serious PITA. I'm taking 'er easy today gonna be barefoot the majority of the time.

I aint that far off 40, either, 35. I can't be arsed to go to a doctor, I didn't go to a Dr when I half ripped off my toenail whacking it on the coffee table either. The irony is I have coverage, I could go to any doctor for free, anytime. I just hate going to the Dr, they probably can't do anything for it, anyway.
You never know. When I broke a bone in my foot, my foot went numb. The doctor will probably put your foot in a immobilizing boot, you'll have to hobble around. Serves you right too for running around, biking and cross skiing when you shoulda taken care of that foot.
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I wore Crocs at work my last two days there, even though I wasn't allowed to wear "regular" shoes. What were they gonna do, fire me? It was ok at work, but then I went with my dog to the library which is an 8 block roundtrip walk and ow, I was limping. I know it's not broken (the pain was never on the "oh **** I broke something" scale, it's being a serious PITA. I'm taking 'er easy today gonna be barefoot the majority of the time.

I aint that far off 40, either, 35. I can't be arsed to go to a doctor, I didn't go to a Dr when I half ripped off my toenail whacking it on the coffee table either. The irony is I have coverage, I could go to any doctor for free, anytime. I just hate going to the Dr, they probably can't do anything for it, anyway.
It's quite possible to put a small crack in something and not know it. You're probably right that this long after the event, they can't do anything, but you should go anyway.

Do you start a new job next week? How are they going to regard someone who is straight away limping everywhere? If not a new job, you'll have lots of time for the doctor's right?
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I start college, actually, full time.

I would swear on my stack of textbooks it aint broke. The pain was never that bad. I've broken toes before so I know the difference. I'm leaning towards sprain/squish/something. I've been resting it yesterday and today and thank goodness it's Star Trek marathon on Space or I'd go bananas.
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I would swear on my stack of textbooks it aint broke. The pain was never that bad. I've broken toes before so I know the difference. I'm leaning towards sprain/squish/something.
Well, since you know all about the extent of your injury, then I guess you're all set.

Other people have been wrong about injuries before, and have come to regret doing things like (for instance) walking their dog eight blocks. There's only one way to make sure you're not one of those people, but you seem disinclined to do what's necessary. That's fine, it's your foot and you're the one who's going to have to live with it.
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At my age, I've maimed myself in all manner of special ways, I mean, I whacked my elbow real good on that crash but even it wasn't broken. I can walk, but my toe "knuckles" ache to the point where I start to limp, I figure it will just take time to de-ache. I wiped out walking a few years back, mangled my ankle really bad went to the ER/got Xrays even though I KNEW it was a sprain. It was a sprain (worst sprain I had had) and I swear it took over a year for it to completely quit aching. They can't do anything for sprains, even broken toes so I know it's a waste of time to go a Dr. He/she might tell me to rest it, which is precisely what I'm doing.

I don't go to the Dr for stuff that's gonna heal up on its own like this. I was dumb and went running on my foot, I think that delayed it getting better.

Anyway, I've spent two days doing basically nothing and it's still not back to normal. I give up. If the weather is ok tomorrow I'm going for a ride before I go mental from boredom.
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If you've been so extensively maimed, you know that two days of rest doesn't do the trick...so why are you getting so impatient? Whatever, like I said, it's your body.
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2 days? I had to wear that immobilizing boot for 4 weeks! I can hear your little broken foot bones crunching right now. The doctors may have to hold you down and put your foot in a cast. That'll fix ya.
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I think what lil brown bat is saying is that you never know. Sometimes little things turn into big things when you ignore the pain. Case in point, back in June, I slept on my arm in a funny position and woke up with a sore shoulder. It didn't hurt too badly, so of course I rode with it the next day. The pain started spreading, but I rode anyway thinking I only slept on it wrong, how bad could it be? After a week, the pain was still there, and I still rode on it. After two weeks, the pain was so bad, I couldn't ride every day and would ride a few days then take 2-3 days off in a row. At three weeks, I couldn't even lift my arm. That's when I went to see a doctor who said I needed to rest it for at least 3 weeks. So I did, and 3 weeks later, my shoulder finally felt better. So sleeping on my arm wrong turned into a 6 week injury because I was too stubborn or stupid to take care of it right away. I'm 40, and I've had my share of injuries too. I thought I knew how to take care of myself, but this one caught me by surprise. Perhaps your foot injury was something similar: small at first, but got worse over time. I hope it's not that, and you're back to normal in a few days, but it's hard to know how these things can play out.
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I dropped a stroller on my foot and had a really nasty pain that would come and go. I needed to wear a plastic boot for 6 weeks. Then 4 weeks of pt. Turned out, I chipped a bone in my foot and the fragment was pressing up against another joint. I had some ligament damage as well.

First of all, go to an othopedic dr. Personally, I wouldn't go to a podiatrist. Also, get it properly treated. If it's broken, the longer you go without attending to it, the worse it will get, and possibly, the more intervention you will need.
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