Pearl Sutton wrote:A small addendum, separate post so you see it, rather than editing it.
Swelling is a positive process, it's the body putting fluid around an injury to protect it, and the extra water helps the clean out and repair cells (white blood cells, etc) have a space to do their work in where they can move easily. You only want to treat swelling if it causes too much pain (the pressure on the surrounding nerves is what hurts) so in general, let as much swelling stay as you can stand. It's a good, useful thing.
Wj Carroll wrote:My toes are so long that I can pick things up with them, climb rocks barefoot... monkey toes, essentially. So, I have broken most all of them. All the advice already given is great. Be aware though of the amount of weight the feet experience each day, and don't assume it is healed just because the soreness is gone - it is easy to reinjure broken toes before they are fully healed. I recommend boots with plenty of room in the toe box area. I like Ariats, because they are very supportive and comfortable. You might even consider steel toe boots. Once healed, walk barefoot some each day and really grip the ground with your toes - good therapy to strengthen he toes, which may atrophy while healing.
Juliana Hess wrote:Hi there, we of the broken toe tribe. Maybe it is genetic, my mom and sister have a penchant for breaking toes too. . One added bit - the million dollar athletes ( and me ) use arnica homeopathic as a tincture, or salve - some brands - Traumeel or Trauma Care as salve in a tube - I get it at my local drug store or health food store here in Canada - or the tincture from my local homeopath or Thompson Homeopathic in Toronto. Works for pain, bruising, healing... I wouldn't go anywhere without it. Please give that toe at least 6 weeks to heal before putting it to lots of walking and protect it even if it is just thick socks and moccasins. My families problem has been going barefoot and hooking a toe on whatever is nearby as we whiz past. You'd think we'd learn but the barefoot among us are incorrigible. Best wishes for healing from Juliana