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Date: 5/21/12 1:54 AM

I guess I'll be reading and posting lots as opposed to sewing. I dropped a can of spaghetti sauce from above my head Sat. morning and tried to kill my second toe. Looks as if my only shoes will be birkenstocks for 3 or 4 weeks perhaps with a bandage. This has been a painful experience and have turned into a couch potato watching stupid television shows until I remembered I had sewing dvds so I plan to watch all of those while I am out of action. I had no idea one could do this much damage with dropping a can. My cat likes to go in the pantry with the shelves that roll out and I had scooped her up,closed the doors so she won't get hurt if the door gets pushed closed and reached in the cabinet above-big mistake.My brother told me of a lady he knew who dropped a piece of fire wood on her foot and amputated two toes so be careful if you scurry around like I do haphazardly. This is so not fun and I have a swollen black toe with a broken nail. I may try to splint it tomorrow as it is hard to walk. Toes are something one doesn't think about until you get in trouble and then that's all you think about. Lol!

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Date: 5/21/12 2:34 AM

I'm looking forward to another round of cortisone injections in my knees come June 5th. Dear Lord those hurt, and it takes me a bit to recover. I sympathize with your disability and pain. Last summer I invested in a small machine with a stop-start button so I could sew without my feet. I hope your foot heals quickly.

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Date: 5/21/12 2:58 AM

That's the pits

Don't forget to elevate. Toe above the ankle, ankle above the knee, knee above the heart.

Be careful when you ice. Chill, do not freeze. Maybe a pro will jump in with the timing for icing a toe. I've been told 20 minutes for a knee. And, I've been told by a PT that too long is bad.

Arnica gel is amazing stuff. Our preferred brand is Arniflora. Get it ASAP. Vitacost carries it if you can't get it locally. Do not put it on an open wound or abraded skin.

You could see a doctor. They could check out your toe and the bed of your toenail and perhaps recommend something that makes walking easier and protects your toe while it is healing.

Talk to your doctor about Flector patches. Amazing things. If it was my toe, I'd haul my non-medically trained self to my closet for a quarter dose size patch of the Flector patch and apply it a little bit away from anything that was open or abraded on the toe, even if it was the bottom of the toe. If my foot was swollen, I'd put another quarter dose higher on the foot.

I do wish I had gone to a specialist last time I broke a toe as I am not to happy with how it healed.

Best wishes.

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Date: 5/21/12 5:42 AM

I hope your toe feels better soon. Last year I stubbed my toe quite badly. Although the pain went away after not too much tiime, it took half a year for the damaged nail to grow out and look completely normal again.

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Date: 5/21/12 7:34 AM

7yrstitch is right--Arnica is fabulous for injuries. You can also get it in a (homeopathic) pill form, and it will take pain away as well. here's info: click here More info here

Here's where you can get it if you can't get it locally: click here

And do keep that leg elevated.

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Date: 5/21/12 9:12 AM

Thanks ladies for all the help and info and links. One daughter has a practice,one a nurse and one a vet and I get all this advice but it is like the plumber's house getting fixed. Mostly I am getting that even with an xray and a broken/fractured toe very little happens with most toe injuries. I can take myself to the office( a drive if I'm told to come in asap) but mostly it is quarter backing from the phone. I am going to the health department to get a tetanus per instructions and of course reading a lot to be aware if I need it looked at. DD asked Saturday if it needed a stitch when it happened and being a mom and not a whiner hated to mess up a couple of people's Saturday and declined. I didn't know about the arnica gel but still have wounds on the toe and the nail so need to let those close up. That sounds like great stuff. I will ask daughter today or tomorrow about the flector patch and take myself to the office to get it looked at also. The pain is mostly only there if I bump it or am walking/standing around too much. With a toe it is hard to not do either thing unless one is just parked someplace. Of course sitting around one too much I get stiff/ achy everywhere else so you're darned if you do or don't move on it. I am going to get some better bandaging supplies and may try to splint it for a little less pain. Be careful with dropping things on your feet-sure messes up sewing time. Lol! I appreciate the help and concern. I always learn so much on PR about everything not just sewing as you are all so good about sharing on any concern so thank you.

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Date: 5/21/12 9:25 AM

Oh, my. Toe injuries are super painful and deceptively dangerous. I have had three broken toes, each putting me out of commission for weeks!

You might want to get an x-ray....one of the toes I broke was a displaced fracture (not aligned properly) and did not heal well because I didn't get it x-rayed and set properly. I still have pain in that toe, even 7 years later.

I wish you a very speedy recovery.

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Date: 5/21/12 9:38 AM

FIL opened his freezer and a huge frozen something fell out on his big toe and broke it. Now I always back up when opening the freezer and make sure things are put in so they cannot fall out. Now I have to watch for falling jars and cans...guess first order of business is jump out of the way!
My concern would be proper healing and would want opinion on how to get it to heal correctly.

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Date: 5/21/12 5:55 PM

I caught my baby toe on some moulding last year and broke it. I did go to the doctor because it wasn't going the right direction. Once I got there though they basically said just to deal with it. I made them put it back right. The doc was kind of a jerk. There was no way I was going to be comfortable wearing shoes other than Birks ever if he didn't fix it.

Well long story short, it took quite a while to heal. Stay off it as much as possible. I didn't...couldn't really....and paid for it in the time it took to heal.

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Date: 5/21/12 9:23 PM

Oh my 7 years later pain with the injured toe, someone just shoot me . Lol ! I am such a rotten patient, a great care taker and cheer leader for others in pain but this is a lesson in patience. I never realized before this but a toe problem is a dreadful thing. Most of my life I haven't even known they were there and now this one is an every moment obsession. Vet daughter is visiting this week and if she thinks I need it xrayed I will have the other one make appointments for someone to see me. Three broken toes-oh my how miserable. Thanks for the good wishes.

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