(Closed) NWR: Sprain or break?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmmm. I worked with a Podiatrist ( foot doctor) for many years.

Is it swelling or black and blue? because you can move it to some degree its a good sign. My advice is to “buddy tape” your toe and follow the RICE method for a while. Even a sure break will just require buddy taping, theres not much to be done for a break.

A tendon issue is a different story. Most likely you are just experiencing some pain from the blunt force trauma. If it doesn’t get better or improve feeling wise in the next day or so, take it to get a quick x-ray to check everything out.

Post # 5
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you can bend it, then its probably not broken. You can buddy tape it, but you might want to see someone, because its the big toe, and can throw off your balance.  They could give you one of those walking shoes. Don’t not go if you are in that much pain, you should have medical coverage under your insurance, or the other persons for sure if they were at fault.

Good luck!

Post # 6
858 posts
Busy bee

@Eva Peron:isnt that all they can do when you break a toe anyway? I broke my little toe a few years ago (running to grab the phone and hit it on a chair leg) so I went to the doctor and the taped it to the next toe and told me to keep it taped. OP if it helps I could not move my toe at all and even a very slight touch hurt like hell thats how I was pretty sure it was broken.

Post # 7
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My dad is a podiatrist and I would say go get checked out.  Yes, all they do for a broken toe (which usuall bruises) is tape it, but you may have a break someplace else.  If you did break your big toe, you may need more stability.  You don’t want to mess around with your feet – you use them every day!  At least get an xray.  I have seen breaks that did not bruise. 

Oh, and take 2 advil every 4-6 hours for inflammation (unless you are bleeding/bruising, then wait) and ice for 15 minutes on, 15 off, so on and so forth.

Post # 8
68 posts
Worker bee

I would definitely go to the doctor to have it checked it out.  I broke my wrist 4 weeks ago and I had swelling but no bruises and I could move it… but the xray showed a fracture and I’m still in a cast.

You might as well go check it out.. better safe than sorry!

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