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Old 09-28-05, 12:37 PM
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I think my right big toe is about to die.

About a week and a half ago, I was walking around barefoot in my backyard. It was night time so I didn't see the concrete pillar I was walking towards. I slammed my toe into it and it started bleeding and needless to say, it hurt like a mother. The only problem is it doesn't seem to be getting better. Its partially black, the skin is still all mangled, and contact with anything makes it hurt. Is my toe doomed?
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It's probably broken, go get an x-ray and have a doctor take a look at it.
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Well, as you know, this thread is the best place to come for medical advice, and I'm about to give it:

Severe your entire leg with a chainsaw. Not the leg with the bad toe, the other one.
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I did the same thing with my little toe once (stubbed it on a part of concrete while I was running out to the car, barefoot). Turned purple and hurt like hell for a few weeks (I couldn't even wear a shoe for the first few days). It didn't bleed or have "mangled" skin though. I probably ended up having some kind of fracture, or at least a sprain, but it got better. If you're worried, yeah, a doctor and an x-ray couldn't hurt (in my case, it was my little toe and I didn't bother. If it was still the same after a couple weeks I would have, but I could see that it was slowly improving).
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I've always been told that medical science can do nothing for a broken toe (they won't put it in a cast or anything). The other business sounds worrisome...you don't want to end up with gangrene.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
I've always been told that medical science can do nothing for a broken toe (they won't put it in a cast or anything). The other business sounds worrisome...you don't want to end up with gangrene.
Yeah, I've heard that too, that's also why I didn't bother going to the doctor. But if there doesn't seem to be any improvement at all, and the skin looks weird other that the discolouration, a doctor might be a good idea.
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As a general rule, any time a part of my body turns black I go to the doctor.

I would make an exception if my penis turned black and grew several inches. I would have to show it to as many people as possible.
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Originally Posted by Forum Troll


mmmm....good choice.
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Several years ago I was outside on my balcony and a tree frog jumped on my foot. When I felt the nasty thing hit my foot, I instinctively kicked my foot in an attempt to fling it off. However, I forgot about the railing around the balcony and my big toe ended up slamming into it. To this day, it still hurts if it bends to far or if I stub it on something.

Oh - the tree frog was unharmed.
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Originally Posted by Forum Troll
Preceded and followed by:


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Originally Posted by RyoHazuki
I slammed my toe into it and it started bleeding and needless to say, it hurt like a mother.

That's what SHE said!
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Originally Posted by scottall
As a general rule, any time a part of my body turns black I go to the doctor.
Nah, I'd ask advice in an internet forum, then see a doctor.
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
That's what SHE said!


I think Buford's created a new monster . . .
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Originally Posted by talemyn
I think Buford's created a new monster . . .
I think it was the peacock and the virgin.
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I SO want to post a picture in this thread. Ill resist and just say: "consult your doctor".
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
I SO want to post a picture in this thread. Ill resist and just say: "consult your doctor".
No more pics from you SF. Seriously.
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If I can bend the toe at all, does that mean its not broken?
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Fitting that I see this atop the thread:



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I dont think so. Maybe it could mean the tendon is still there tho. If it starts to smell worse than normal, thats def. a bad sign.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
I've always been told that medical science can do nothing for a broken toe (they won't put it in a cast or anything). The other business sounds worrisome...you don't want to end up with gangrene.
Not true: I've broken two toes on two separate occasions (stupid, stupid me); the smaller one they stiff-taped it to the larger toe next to it, the larger one they also stiff-taped it to the toes on either side AND put me in a foot-brace that had a padded but unbending sole, so my toes wouldn't bend up or town while I walked. They said if toes heal wrong, you could end up with problems walking over time, because they help balance you and push you off as you step.

The turning colors sounds worrisome, it could be just a bad bruise, but it could be a circulation issue, which I agree could mean gangrene.
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You've broken, fractured or sprained the toe. I've done it a numerous times on the park bench in my kitchen (my wife thinks of it as great decorating...I think of it as a yearly sprained toe).

Since you actually opened the skin when doing this, you may want to see a doctor. Infection spreads pretty quickly and you would probably be better off safe than sorry. They'll likely check it for infection and give you some form of antibiotic to be safe. They'll probably also ask for you to bind the toe to your foot for two to three weeks using an Ace bandage. This will allow the toe to heal better.
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Originally Posted by cpgator
To this day, it still hurts if it bends to far or if I stub it on something.
Wow.... Weird. My toe hurts if I bend it too far, or if I stub it on something too!
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Originally Posted by RyoHazuki
If I can bend the toe at all, does that mean its not broken?
No, it's still possible to bend when it's broken. Even if it's broken who cares, it can't be fixed anyway. Go to the doctor though just to make sure it's not infected or anything.

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Sounds like a sprain.

Take pics and post them for us.

Has the toe's skin healed from the area that was bleeding? That's the most important question. If this has healed, but the rest of the toes is black and blue, then you should be ok. If it has not healed, and still bleeds, then see a doctor.

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