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Want sympathy, I think I've broken my toe :(

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70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 31-Dec-12 21:15:09

OK OK it's not a First World Problem.
I don't need to see anyone -even if I did drag my sorry butt up to A&E - they probably wouldn't even X-Ray.
They might-at a pinch- put a thick elastoplast on the splint it. But I can do that myself. The reason I haven't is it hurts too much.
It's the small toe.
It's very red and there's a bruise on the top of my foot.

I hobbled round 10 Pin Bowling today.
My DS was not sympathetic at all (little bugger). "You didn't let me stay off school when I broke my hand" .
He didn't break his hand. He sprained his left wrist.
Didn't stop him walking or writing.


So words of sympathy please. I'll paint on the Arnica Gel.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 31-Dec-12 21:16:10

Oh BTW- this isn't an AIBU/ Meant to post in CHAT.


SecretSantaFix Mon 31-Dec-12 21:17:11

You can have lots of sympathy- what a way to start 2013, hobbling about.

chinam Mon 31-Dec-12 21:17:48

Mwah, there, I've kissed it better for you.

tiggytape Mon 31-Dec-12 21:18:50

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howdoyousolvethisproblem Mon 31-Dec-12 21:21:51

Hmmm, you maybe should go though. I kicked a door earlier in the year, totally accidentally !! But turned out not only had I broken my toe but also my metatarsal. Hence the truly excruciating pain. On the plus side I was off my work for a week and got to watch my west wing box set. Every cloud and all that!!

EleanorGiftbasket Mon 31-Dec-12 21:25:25

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TheAccidentalExhibitionist Mon 31-Dec-12 21:44:55

Get some ice on it 70isalimit (wrapped in a teatowel). It will help with the pain, as will a bottle of wine grin
If it still hurts when the shops are open, putting a sticky felt pad on the ball of the same foot will lift the little toe off the ground and stop it from painfully flexing when you weight bear.

fortifiedwithtea Mon 31-Dec-12 21:49:26

70 You haven't dropped a bowling ball on your foot, have you? shock If you are 100% sure it's just the toe you've injured, strap it up and stay home. A&E on New Years Eve must be like the bowels of Hell.

I recommend DS clean out the guinea pig hutch grin while he hands over his your piggie for a cuddlewink.

wavesgoodbye Mon 31-Dec-12 21:49:48

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zipzap Mon 31-Dec-12 22:13:05

I broke my toe a few years ago and it was agony.

Like you, I didn't do anything about it but after a week it was still agony so went to the doctor who got me an x-ray Appt. That took another week to happen and when they did it, it was still agony. Turned out when they xrayed it there was still a gap of nearly a cm between the two broken ends of the bone which they were very shock which is why it was still so painful. They were able to push the end of my toe in so it healed faster and I didn't end up with a very long toe.

It still hurt for months - they then discovered that they missed I'd also cracked the joint and as it healed it had overgrown back into the joint so it meant the joint rubbed itself and hurt. Just had to walk on it lots to wear it away naturally so it would stop hurting. And now about 8 years later I still only wear fairly flat ugly shoes as it hurts to wear heels for any length of time.

So don't let anyone fob you off that hurting a little thing like a little toe is just a trivial thing! We have 5 toes on each foot for a reason and if one of them is broken and painful it compromises your whole system!

SarahWarahWoo Mon 31-Dec-12 22:44:16

I've done it before, sympathy. Do get a plaster on it though, straighten it as much as you can and tape to toe next to it, put foot in bowl of iced water first to numb then drink copious amounts of gin/champagne/wine x

SarahWarahWoo Mon 31-Dec-12 22:45:58

If it's swollen put on a tight sock or bandage btw

IwishyouaMerryChristmas Mon 31-Dec-12 22:49:11

I know that you intended to post in chat but YANBU.

I fell over ice skating 10 days ago and might have broken a tiny bone at the base of my thumb. I have an appointment in fracture clinic on Thursday and it's splinted until then.

I don't care if they do decide that it's fractured or not. All I know is that is still hurts!

Hope you get sorted soon OP


MrsReiver Mon 31-Dec-12 22:55:38

Ouch! My DS broke his big toe last year and I've never seen a child in so much pain so you have my sympathy. We took him to A&E and they did xray it just to make sure it was a clean break and there was no bits of bone floating around, So it might be worth a trip up just to be 100% certain it will heal correctly on its own.

marriedandwreathedinholly Tue 01-Jan-13 00:41:42

v v painful. Have done it. Showed it to the GP a week later and she said, ooh yes, with bruising like that it's broken. Didn't go to a&e and it healed on its own. The pain went after about two to three weeks. Fortunately it was summer and I wore Dr Scholl sandals which sort of kept it straight. Couldn't bear anything else. Do you have any non bendy shoes?

BreconBeBuggered Tue 01-Jan-13 00:53:28

Owww, I broke a couple of mine doing something fairly trivial and got little sympathy. It was bloody agony -I mean, I've had worse pain, but got the requisite ooohs and aaahs for other things, triggering help. Only sniggers for broken toes. The world is full of people who soldiered on with (self-diagnosed) broken toes, it seems. I was told to rest for about a month <hollow laugh> The foot is still a bit fucked now two years later to be honest, so try to get an official opinion if you can, if only to shove in the faces of unbelievers.

PoppyWearer Tue 01-Jan-13 00:54:42

Been there, done that, it hurts, you agave my definite sympathy!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 01-Jan-13 02:27:44

thanks for the kind words and moral support.
I managed to kick a box on Saturday night. Nothing to worry about, then I kicked a chair with the same toe and that's what mangled it (ouch)

Many years ago I broke my toe on the other foot (small toe) and I did go to X-Ray on that occasion. But nothing was done so I was in no mood to totter off to A&E.

I managed to bowl but was really bad at it (worse than usual.) .No trauma but my toe was sort of burning.
Feels better now, I've had a good old palpate of the rest of my foot it's fine.

I still managed to go out in the garden to cut grass for my guinea-pigs (what a mug) you'll be glad to know fotifiedwithtea that even suspected broken bones won't deprive my chaps of their treats grin

janji Tue 01-Jan-13 04:05:17

Ooouch, that really hurts. Dido me a few years ago and had the indignity of hobbling round work in slippers (work in primary so kids thought it hilarious)!

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