Post # 1
I went to the Lady Gaga concert last night, and some drunk [expletive] full-force stepped on my foot, all the way up to my ankle, hard enough that there’s actually a cut on the top of my foot. It’s swollen basically from my toes up to my ankle. It no longer hurts when I try to walk, but it’s quite painful if I put any pressure on the top of my foot.
My wedding is in 5 days, and the shoes I intend to wear are strappy, 4-inch heels. My dress has been altered with those shoes in mind, so if I go much lower, it’s going to drag on the ground. I don’t know what to do! Take ibuprofen and hope the swelling goes down? Ice it? Stay off my feet? Carry on with my normal activities? Stupid rotten timing!
Post # 3
Ouch! I think I would ice it and take an anti-inflammatory to try and bring down the swelling.
Post # 4
I’ve never had that happen, but I’d suggest RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Wrap your foot with ace bandage when you’re on your feet. Take Ibuprofen for the swelling.
Re-evaluate it mid-week. If it seems to be getting better, continue with the plan. If it gets worse, I’d see a doctor and think about getting new shoes.
Post # 5
I agree with R.I.C.E. If the pain is achey then you are most likely ok, if the pain is a sharp shooting pain then I would go see someone. Ice for 20 minutes then off for twenty minutes. Try to keep this up as much as you can until you see the swelling go down. Be sure to keep it elevated.
Post # 6
Ahhh!! I did the same thing! Well, four days before the wedding I dropped a piece of PVC pipe on my bare foot from a height of about 7ft trying to make our photobooth stand. I tried to take off my pinky toe and bruised the entire top of my foot. I sucked down anti-inflammatories, wore unconstricting shoes, and tried to ice my foot as much as possible. I also bought a pair of 3″ J.Crew flips to wear just in case I couldn’t squeeze into my 4″ Ninas.
I ended up wearing the Nina’s for about 3 hours before switching into flips for 3 hours. It wasn’t so much the swelling that messed me up (although it didn’t help) but my shoes were constantly rubbing against the wound and made it uncomfortable.
Murphy’s Law, I swear, right? Best of luck and fingers crossed for expedited healing!
Post # 7
Yuck-o! That stinks!
RICE and a doctor.
I wrenched my ankle once and then stupidly strapped 4″ heels on for an event later that week. 5 years later that ankle is still giving me problems and I wished I had sought out a doctor’s opinion before choosing fashion over what’s best for my body.
Hope you feel better! Best of luck!
Post # 8
@Miss_Riley: That sounds awful! I’m glad you didn’t break anything (or manage to amputate your toe)!
Fortunately, I bought a pair of 3-inch wedge flip flops from Victoria’s Secret a few weeks back, in preparation for the inevitable “My feet can no longer deal with these heels” moment. At this point, though, I’m worried that even the strap from the flip flop will overlap the swelling. Meh! Annoying drunk girl and her inability to walk in a straight line!
Post # 9
I agree with re-evaluating it mid-week. If it is still swollen, go to your doctor and ask for a medrol dose pack. (It’s a week-long stair step dosing of steroids). As for the discomfort, I can’t help you.
Post # 10
@reherring: Another thing I forgot to mention in Moleskin! You can get in the orthopediac section of a drug store/pharm/Target/Walmart (with the shoes inserts etc) They come in little sheets that are sticky on side and soft on the other. I basically cut the moleskin down so that is was slightly wider than the cut and then cut out the center so nothing was cover the wound. I think with the way you described your shoes the sticky side will have to go down against your skin but the moleskin should provide a barrier to raise the straps up and no rubbing.
This could work really well for a point when no will be photographing your feet anymore but could look silly if anyone is getting those kinds of shots still.
PS. Moleskin works great for blisters, ball of foot pads, and heel pads without having to go buy all the special inserts.