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Old 06-10-10, 10:32 AM   #1
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sprained vs fractured toe

So, in my hurry this morning to get ready for work.... WHACK. Toe, meet furniture.

I did it in such a haste that it broke skin and bled.

Now, toe hurts. It's not swollen or bruised. I can wiggle it (with a little pain). However, if I use it when I walk, it hurts enough to change my walking gait. Feeling, pressing on the toe area/bones don't produce pain either.

Did I break the d@mn thing, or is it just sprained
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Old 06-10-10, 10:35 AM   #2
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wait until tomorrow.
if it's swollen like a watermelon, it's broken.

if it's swollen like a grapefruit, it's sprained.
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Kick the furniture with the other foot till they hurt equally. Then head for the pub....er clinic.
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Old 06-10-10, 10:38 AM   #4
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Oh that sucks. Now you got a hitch in yo git-along.
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Old 06-10-10, 10:39 AM   #5
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wait until tomorrow.
if it's swollen like a watermelon, it's broken.

if it's swollen like a grapefruit, it's sprained.
So oval... it's broken
spherical... it's sprained?

Edit: after chiropractic work (waste of money - for me), seeing a PT (worked), and this, going with the HDHP plan at work this year was a bad idea

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Old 06-10-10, 11:39 AM   #6
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ice; elevation & anti~inflammatory like ibuprofen ...
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Old 06-10-10, 12:18 PM   #7
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I'd get an xray. I have guessed wrong in determining sprain versus fracture before in small bones. ask my right pointer finger.
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Old 06-10-10, 12:31 PM   #8
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yeah but whats the treatment for a broken toe? nothing really, right?
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ice; elevation & anti~inflammatory like ibuprofen ...
This ^^^ and tape it to the toe next to it till it feels better, thats all the Docs gonna do. I've had three broken toes, my wife had two, all treated this way.
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So, say I go for a ride tonight. If I don't feel pain... I should be able to continue... right?
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So, say I go for a ride tonight. If I don't feel pain... I should be able to continue... right?
I ran every day for three months of PT with a broken toe (and pain) you should be fine. ;0)
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So, say I go for a ride tonight. If I don't feel pain... I should be able to continue... right?
No. If there's no pain, that means you have a huge problem and are risking death.

Why on earth would you not continue if there's no pain?
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re: "So, say I go for a ride tonight. If I don't feel pain... I should be able to continue... right?"

right. besides it's just a toe anyway ...
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I never got why people say if you can bend it, it isn't broken. I broke my wrist and could still bend it. It obviously hurt though. Use the rice technique or cut it off and you won't have to worry about it again.
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I never got why people say if you can bend it, it isn't broken. I broke my wrist and could still bend it. It obviously hurt though. Use the rice technique or cut it off and you won't have to worry about it again.
but you have both hands? (I've seen your pics) guess you went with the R.I.C.E. technique?
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Nah I never take care of myself like that. It is just funny cause I said rice. Haha.
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