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Broken? big toe, 12yo - how to manage?

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SophiesDog Sun 26-Jul-15 09:06:00

We went to a BMX park yesterday and ds managed to crash into another bike, though he didn't fall off (the other guy did blush)

Somehow he hurt his big toe. He thought it was broken straight away and we managed to get home just about because he could still ride, but not really walk on it. He fell off again on the way home as I think he was distracted by the pain (though he is possibly borderline dyspraxic which doesn't help!)

Anyway it was still sore a few hours later and we went to the out of hours/minor injuries place, where a doctor or nurse (not sure which) prodded it quite a lot (which hurt) and decided that it is probabl not a fracture, but if it is it's the end of the toe and they wouldn't treat it anyway.

I've read online (ha - like that's always right grin) that a big toe fracture esp in a child should probably be seen to but it doesn't specify how and it's clearly not majorly displaced or it would be more swollen.

The guy said to go back for an x ray in a couple of days if it's still sore, but is there any point if they can't do anything? Or can they do something?

Bit worried about the rest of the hols, he is crying out when he knocks it slightly on anything and still can't walk properly.

Thanks for any experiences or knowledge, I didn't like to fire a load of questions at the poor HCP yesterday as he seemed a bit busy.

Penfold007 Sun 26-Jul-15 09:08:37

The big toe is a vital part of how we walk. As he is in so much pain I'd get a second opinion.

SophiesDog Sun 26-Jul-15 09:19:29

Thank you, it does look a bit swollen today and a bit red though not black or purple or anything. The chap also said to wear supportive shoes but tbh I don't think ds can actually get his shoes on let alone walk in them, it hurts on the side and top of the toe so it would cause a lot of pain walking in a shoe.

I don't want to make a fuss about it but it is hurting him a lot and he is trying to fend off two younger brothers who keep jumping on him.

SophiesDog Mon 27-Jul-15 11:45:43

Bump in case anyone sle can offer an opinion.

It is still very sore when you so much as touch it but not noticeably discoloured.

I don't want to bother the fracture clinic place if it's just a bruise but would that hurt so much?

SophiesDog Mon 27-Jul-15 11:45:52

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