Broken Toe


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Comment from: Jennifer , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I took out a one pound frozen hamburger log from the freezer to place in the fridge to thaw. About half an hour later I wanted chocolate milk, so I grabbed the milk from the fridge and hit the hamburger log, it fell out and hit the bottom of the fridge and bounced like a ball landing on my small toe. I went to the emergency room (ER), had x-ray, and found I had a fracture at the cuticle. That was June 1st, and 4 months later, it still swells and the pain is worse today than when it happened.

Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

I broke my big toe in two places in February and didn't realize that it was bleeding in the process. The doctors had to change my bandages four times that day; until they put four stitches in. My toe is healing except for the front right part of my toe. That still hasn't healed.

Comment from: Karamel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I missed a step in my yard on a paver and immediately heard a pop, and my toe and below on the foot became swollen and purple and very bruised. I didn't go to the doctor, just buddy taped it and tried to be careful with it. It still hurts, a year and a half later, when I walk. Makes a popping sound. Some days I don't notice. Other days it is really bad.

Comment from: Mouse, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I dropped a can of spray paint on my middle toe at Walmart a week ago and I never went to the emergency room (ER). I’m 100 percent sure it broke it! It turned black and the pain was (still is) very bad. I can’t touch the toe or nail at all and I can’t put anything on but flip flops. I probably am going to have to see a doctor.

Comment from: Hayley , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I broke my little toe 3 weeks ago on a bannister, it was facing the wrong direction and had to be realigned at Accident and Emergency. I do a lot of walking for work and I’m still in a lot of pain, the pain travels up my foot and throbs at night. I can’t wear many pairs of my trainers, the best option seems to be stiffer wide shoes. I hope the pain subsides soon.

Comment from: lala, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I cracked my toe bone two months ago and it still hasn’t healed. The doctor said he could shave down the chip.

Comment from: M, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I broke my toe the end of July. It’s now October and it is still bothering me. It swells if I’m on my feet too long and I can’t wear certain shoes!

Comment from: Bipsycola5, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had surgery 4 weeks ago on my broken toes and have 4 pins, and it's starting to pain where they are at. It’s annoying.

Comment from: Jeff, 35-44 (Patient) Published: August 05

My big toe broke and healed wrong. Now I am in constant pain and agony.

Comment from: Dancing after 40, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I broke my 4th toe a week ago dancing. I jumped, did an aerial turn and landed with a crack. It was bent at a 45 degree angle. I tried to put it back in place and tape it but it was black by the next morning so I went to the doctor. She confirmed it was broken, reset the bone, buddy-taped it and gave me a boot. It has been killing me at night, it feels like ice and liquid fire at the same time (wonder if that is normal). I also have a missing meniscus in my knee on the same leg and the boot it killing me.

Comment from: Burak A, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

Six weeks ago I banged my little toe on the side of the bed and broke it. X-ray next day showed a minimally displaced fracture. I had the standard regimen of icing for the first days, walking little, walking with orthopedic flat sandal, and buddy taping for 4 weeks. I never had a lot of pain; the swelling at rest went down over weeks. But after 6 weeks, it has certainly not completely healed. When I walk a quarter mile, it swells again. Not purple but uncomfortable enough.


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Comment from: info, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I broke my 4th toe on my right foot 0n June 19th and. It’s still healing today. it was swollen for about 2 1/2 months and now it’s almost completely healed. Hopefully it will be back to 100 percent again by Christmas time, it is taking forever to heal and it is driving me insane. Why do toes take so long to heal properly in the first place! I guess the only upside to being stuck at home all the time right now due to COVID-19 is, I have all the time I need to heal my toe properly.

Comment from: Nadine, 25-34 (Patient) Published: October 29

I stubbed my big toe yesterday on a two inch high step that I didn’t notice, at a friend’s house. I knew that something was wrong, because it got swollen very fast and I couldn’t walk anymore. I went to the emergency room (ER) and unfortunately the toe is broken. Very painful, I never felt so much pain before and I can’t imagine how a broken arm or leg must feel like. I got some medicines from the doctor.

Comment from: bec, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I broke my 4th toe (the one beside the pinky) 9 1/2 weeks ago by accidentally ramming it into the corner of wall, where it got caught and I fell causing a complete rotational fracture. My toe was so crooked I got surgery to put a pin in it to help it heal straight. I had the pin in for 4 weeks and I got it out exactly 4 weeks ago today. My toe is still swollen and red. I can walk barefoot around my house, but I wear a boot when I go out. Ugh, I just wish it was healed already.

Comment from: Maree, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 15

My broken pinky toe was at a right angle pointing east, but wasn't hurting at all. I took myself and that toe to the emergency department. The doctor administered closed reduction. The only thing that hurt me was the anesthetic needle, and 12 hours later I'm limping around, and I have it buddy-wrapped.

Comment from: magicsmom, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I broke the toe next to my big toe 3 weeks ago just stepping down from a rock. It snapped. It is more painful now than when it first occurred. The whole top of my foot turned black and blue. The toe remains swollen and is now starting to cross over my big toe and the pain is extending up to the top of my foot.

Comment from: ShadowRaven, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I slipped in dog urine and rammed my pinky toe right into a shelf with the full force of my weight. I didn't really feel anything afterwards but I was groaning and when I noticed my toe I immediately tried to push it back straight. It wasn't until after I got home from the hospital that I felt the intense pain. It's been 3 weeks and my toe feels like it's trying to pull away and a torch is lit in my stitches. Terrible experience. Would not recommend!

Comment from: RaeCT93 , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I first broke my pinky toe a few years back. I didn’t see a doctor because I was told they can’t do anything. So I taped it myself and wore a boot for 3-4 months. I just broke the same toe again. I decided to go to the hospital because of the pain. They reset my toe but said they couldn’t do anything about the first break because the bone had already fused all deformed. Now with it being reset, I’m in more pain than I was before. Seeing the doctor in two days for a follow up.

Comment from: Mazzy, 65-74 (Patient) Published: August 25

I broke my big toe on 12th April, 2020 by missing a step in my garden. I got pain in my 2nd toe. Four and a half months on, I am still limping here and there. I'm seeing my consultant again next month, but feel this will never heal.

Comment from: Mandie , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I placed the rolling pin down on the counter and it rolled off and fell on my foot. My big toe took the brunt of it. I heard a crack and felt a pain reminiscent of labor and childbirth. I didn't do anything right away but by evening I soaked it in Epson salts and warm water. Error! Afterwards I iced it. It pained me during the night so I went to the doctor next morning. I had soft tissue damage. Rest, ice, elevate and compress. Happened on Friday. Hope it heals well.

Comment from: SG, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I was popping my toes like people pop their knuckles. One of my toes (the middle one) wasn't popping, so I pushed a little harder and it cracked several times. It was extremely painful and it turned black the next day. Turns out I broke my own toe.


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Comment from: Cathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I broke my big toe 6 weeks ago. I had a stiff-soled boot until this week, when I could wear regular shoes. It hurts more than when I broke it, though the break is improving and I did see a doctor. Don’t break a big toe, especially an intra-articular break. I imagine it might get better in another 6 weeks. It looks normal!

Comment from: su_14, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I broke my fourth toe, the one next to my pinky, by stubbing it into the wall. I knew it was broken because of the cracking noise and the wave of immense pain that followed shortly after. I am still in the process of healing, after 5 months. Thankfully, the swelling is down and no bruising, but definitely not feeling 100 percent. I'm not able to wear closed-toe shoes and am relegated to sandals but I am patiently waiting for it to not ache and bother me anymore. Hopefully it'll be back to normal within 2 months.

Comment from: Adi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

Two and a half weeks ago I jammed my middle toe against a 20 lb. weight. I heard a pop on impact, and it caused a pronounced limp. I started buddy-taping the broken toe on day 3. I continued icing and ibuprofen when needed and discontinued exercise for a week. As of today (19 days after injury). I stopped buddy taping and have been doing low impact exercise, as well as cautious flexing exercise of the toe in question every night. Not quite up for walking the dog yet, but maybe in another week.

Comment from: Agnes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

Three years ago I was in a near fatal auto accident. I suffered many broken bones as well as nerve damage and foot drop. I believe I broke my toes on my right foot. The two to the right of the big toe appear smashed or like bent from pressing down on the brake pedal with great force and then hitting a tree. I have a strange mix of no feeling and constant pain in my feet. The toes have been bothering me more and more. I see a foot doctor but he cuts my nails and sends me on my way.

Comment from: JJ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had surgery on my ankle for lipoma. I still have stitches on my right ankle, now walking in boots. And know I broke my third toe, it hurts like heck. It's now black and blood red on the top. Leaning to the side of my toe hurts. I am going to see my doctor.

Comment from: Buby1971, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I hit my foot on my rocking chair barefoot, and when I hit it, I heard it crack. It immediately started to swell and throb really badly. It is now starting to look discolored. It’s the third toe on my left foot. I wonder what I can do at home to keep from going to the doctor, I can't afford it. Wonder if I can soak it or tape it up.

Comment from: Michelle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

A ladder crushed 2 of my toes in May. They turned purple and the skin was scraped off (I was wearing shoes). I waited a week before I went to the doctor. X-rays confirmed the 3rd and 4th toes had multiple breaks. I've been in a boot for 30 days now, and in the 1st 3 weeks, I had to buddy tape them and wear the boot, or the pain was excruciating. Thirty days later, one toenail is still black and both toes are still lightly bruised. They finally feel like they are healing, but I doubt I'll be out of the boot in 2 weeks!

Comment from: JGetz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I think I broke my big toe 2 months ago. A can fell onto my big toe. It gets numb and tingling at times. When I wrap it, it throbs. Not sure if I should get it checked or just wrap it.

Comment from: Charleen , 75 or over (Patient) Published: June 30

I fractured the toe next to the big toe. I went to a podiatrist, it has been 6 weeks, and it’s still swollen and red. Also, the foot is swollen and discolored (a little) up to the middle of the calf. Wondering if this is normal.

Comment from: yay me , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I broke a toe in my left foot, and coming up is the 2 year mark at the end of July. While it has recovered, I still get pain in it. Sometimes it’s like there’s a “catch” in my foot. Then sometimes I have cramping in my toes and all up into the front of my ankle. I don’t know what could be causing this. It literally pains me to walk sometimes on it, because it’s my main foot, as when this incident occurred, I also severely fractured my ankle, and that’s never stopped hurting every after my surgeries

Comment from: Charlie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

Back on April 22, 2020 I had a brick fall onto my right big toe while wearing slippers. It swelled and hurt immensely. It bled for days. The cuticle was torn out. I had an x-ray but it was negative for a fracture. But it continued to bleed and was so painful to put weight on it for several weeks. After several weeks, it looked better but it has continued to get an intense burning pain just below my nail line. Wonder what could cause this to still be hurting so much, perhaps the toe is broken.

Comment from: Flowers, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I broke my big toe stumbling over, and had intense pain and an immediate bruise line where it turned out to be broken. X-ray showed two simple fractures, one line behind the other. I had pretty bad pain for two weeks, couldn't get any shoes on it. It was hard to walk, with swelling of that toe and other toes, and bottom of foot. Hot to touch. By 4th week much less pain. Don't get overconfident, still really hurts if you catch it. It’s still swollen, more so by the end of the day.

Comment from: Maureen 677, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I don’t know how this is possible, but a frozen (single) banana fell out of the freezer and landed on my big toe, and it is three times its usual size, and started to get black and blue almost immediately. I’m shocked that something so light could cause a broken toe. Hurts like blazes and I can’t put weight on it. I must be fragile! Not going to a doctor with a broken toe during a pandemic, but I wish I could. Only me!

Comment from: Carolina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I broke 4 toes and had to have surgery on my 2nd metatarsal, originally. Well, the pin popped out 4 days later. It has been 12 weeks since injury, 6 weeks since surgery, and my 2nd toe is still swollen and cannot bend. I am being told that a fibrous union will most likely occur. Being a runner, Pilates enthusiast, and very active, I am beginning to wonder if it will ever heal.

Comment from: Tom, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I hit my pinky toe on a wooden sofa stand and broke it. I was hopping and swearing, with the toe at 45 degrees and purple. I iced and taped it, and am better in six weeks.

Comment from: Mat, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I broke my toe at a party courtesy of a girl in high heels crushing my pinky toe. Purple and swollen straight away, but I taped it and carried on partying!

Comment from: Kris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I slipped and fell. My small (baby) toe was in extreme pain. I immediately scheduled an appointment with the podiatrist who confirmed a fracture. My toe did not have to be reset. I was placed in walking boot for 3-4 weeks (entire foot needs to be immobilized and taping is not recommended for most toe fractures). While keeping the foot immobile, toe area was swollen and discolored for 2 full weeks. Week 3 and 4, swelling had gone down significantly and I could put some weight on foot (occasional pain felt from some movements).

Comment from: Steve, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

Two weeks ago I broke my big toe. I was playing football and accidently kicked a solid wall very hard. The x-rays showed a bad break and it has been sore as I expected it would be. Apart from this it has been recovering fine until yesterday, when I woke up with a sharp pain in my foot just behind my wee toe. It’s been like that since and is very sore. I have been moving about since I have broken my toe and possibly haven’t given it the time it needs to heal properly.

Comment from: Candace C., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

My broken big toe has healed beautifully and perfectly the podiatrist said, but it's still swollen. I know it's slow going but it's been 6 weeks and one day, and it is still swollen is the point. No tingling but it still feels a little odd.

Comment from: Donna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I injured my toe about 6 months ago and let it go. It is still swollen and gets sharp pain in it every so often. It also looks broken and deformed. Wonder if anything can be done after this long.

Comment from: Nicola, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I dropped a railway sleeper on my foot in November resulting in a very bad break. The toe was buddy taped but has not healed correctly and now leans towards my second toe with pain when I put my foot flat. My knee and hip on the opposite leg are painful as I'm overcompensating in the other side. Not really sure what to do.

Comment from: Rahul, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

My right foot (little toe) stubbed the door frame. The toe appears to be dislocated, and no visible swelling. I thought it would self-heal, but after 1 hour pain started radiating towards the upper leg. I decided to go to the emergency room, had 3 or 4 x-rays taken, and the doctor confirmed it was dislocated. They physically inspected the injury, gave a localized injection for numbing pain, massaged and forced the toe back to its place. They again took 3 or 4 x-rays to confirm it was set, and after buddy taping they let me go.

Comment from: Nonnie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I kicked a frozen log with my water boots on. Knew instantly I broke my big toe. That was a week ago, it is still discolored and throbbing, especially at night.

Comment from: Krystle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I fell down stairs and broke my big toe. It’s healed but it’s been 4 months and my foot is still swollen. I have a lot of pain still.

Comment from: GrammaLisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I recently fell out of bed and broke my big toe. I waited a week. It didn't seem to be getting better. It was swollen and turned dark purple, almost black (as was all my toes). X-rays confirmed it was broken. Then I got a fracture blister on top of my toe. It's been about a month, my toe still hurts and now it burns. I still can't move it. I don’t know why it burns or is tingly inside.

Comment from: Quinny19, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I was having some car issues and out of temper, I kicked my car door real hard whilst wearing a pair of slippers. There was instant pain in my big toe, and I broke the nail. I haven't been to see anyone because I thought it was just bruised. It's now a week later and my toe is still swollen (noticeable difference to other toes) and the pain is no better than the day I had done it. I don't want to waste the doctor's time at the hospital but at the same time wonder if I should go and get it checked to see if the toe is broken.

Comment from: C, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I broke my big toe 12 weeks ago at the joint. It still hurts a little, is puffy, can’t bend it, and it is red. I am unable to wear shoes that put any pressure on it. Wonder if this is uncommon.

Comment from: P-TIP , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I broke my pinky toe almost three months ago. The pain is getting worse. It is almost unbearable. I've been in an Aircast the whole time. Now they have me on a bone stimulator. It is not helping. I am unable to continue. My doctor is going to have to do something.

Comment from: Meg l, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 31

I broke my little toe 2 weeks ago and it is swollen now! I didn't do the ice (only once) and I get a stinging pain every now and then. Wonder if I should see my doctor. I am a runner and usually start training in January for a run in April.

Comment from: Turtleking99, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I jammed my pinky toe against a door frame a few years ago, it was total agony, and my mom said it was probably fractured. I didn't go to the doctor because I figured there wasn't anything they could do except set it. The pain subsided for the most part, but recently the pain has come back. I've never had a broken bone before.

Comment from: Hannah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I was cutting up some sausage on a heavy glass platter, when my hand slipped and hit the edge of it, causing it to fall off of the counter and land directly on my second toe. I am pretty sure the edge of the platter hit it directly, and the platter shattered, so either a shard or the sheer impact sliced my toe. Now it's got a huge scabby knot on the end and is bruised pretty badly. I almost passed out when it happened, I had to sit down. All the doctor could do was tape it up and let it heal naturally.

Comment from: Tanya, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 31

I stubbed my pinky toe and maybe broke it an hour ago. My pinky toe is separated from the rest. It hurt at first. It can be moved with my fingers and I can rotate it with no pain. But it is just lying to the left stretched out. I taped it to the next toe. Put frozen corn inside a baggy and am lying down with my foot elevated. It still doesn't hurt like I expected, since it just lies there.

Comment from: Michelle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I broke my big toe end bone 3 weeks ago by dropping a very heavy table on it. I had a large gash on the top of my toe just before my toe nail. It was very painful, swollen, and bruised. I have been wearing a special shoe for the past week, which has helped with walking but my toe is still quite swollen and sore to touch on the bottom. It is slowly feeling better but I’m told 8 weeks for recovery. Hoping it’s not longer, but some of the comments are not making me hopeful.

Comment from: Vincent1992, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

Over the course of my life I have hit both my pinky toes on multiple things and pretty sure both have been broken multiple times. The worst one yet was 2 years ago, the pinky toe didn't heal properly this time, so it will occasionally get sore and kind of lock up with tighter shoes/cold weather, so I'll reach down and pop it. Hurts like blazes, relief follows and I continue normal movements. Now the toe throbs and doesn’t pop. Oops.

Comment from: michael, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 25

My brother slammed his pinkie toe on a staircase and the toe pointed out far away from the others. He got x-rays done and it was a complete break. We took him to a specialist and all he did was buddy tape the toe! No external or internal examination, just buddy taping! Wonder if we should have him checked out by someone else. I’m scared that the toe may not heal correctly if we sit and just trust the suspicious 'specialist’.

Comment from: Natasha, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 21

I stepped down off a sidewalk, lost my balance, and jammed my toe onto a concrete wheelchair ramp (I did not hit the ground). The pain went from my big toe to the arch of my foot, then minutes later the pain radiated to my knee, and then moments later the pain shot up to my lower back. Now my foot feels stiff and I feel aching pain from my toe up to my lower back. Wonder if the toe is broken.

Comment from: Elliekay, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

About 2 weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were play fighting, 'pillow fighting' and at one point I threw my foot in the air to protect my body because he was hitting me pretty hard with the pillow. It caught my toe nail and ended up fracturing my big toe. I was walking on it for about a week because we couldn't imagine a pillow fractured my toe. I am 23 and healthy! Finally went to get x-rayed. It’s been this long and my foot will not stop swelling, despite taking 800 mg ibuprofen.

Comment from: Sheri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I broke my toe 6 months ago and I did therapy to the toe for a couple months, but now months later my baby toe stinks all the time, I don’t know why. Yet I keep working 4 days a week because I have to, plus my husband was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and I have to care for him. I haven’t the extra funds to go to the doctor as we’re spending extra money running back and forth to the cancer doctors. I’m worried it could be something serious.

Comment from: Ouch, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

I was walking across my bedroom two days before Christmas when I tripped over a shoe. When I recovered, I looked at my foot and saw what looked like blood on either side of the toenail. To cut to the chase, I had sustained an open fracture to the distal phalanx of my left great toe. I got the ruptured tissue sewed up, a surgical shoe, and antibiotics, and healing proceeded apace. Three years on, the tip of the toe is numb as a result of nerve damage, sustained when I broke it. No big deal, I guess.

Comment from: Kit, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

When I was a child I stubbed the toe next to the pinky on the left foot. I remember it because it hurt more than just a stub but of course we did nothing about it. Now my left foot has been cramping at night inside the pad of the foot below that toe. I've been taking calcium to ease the cramping and I thought at first I could try to strengthen that toe (and the whole left foot) but doing anything like that makes it cramp. So I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to balance this.

Comment from: Sam, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 07

I dropped a sixty pound air compressor directly on my big toe - barrel down so I got the full force. X-ray showed my toe broken in 5 places. Clean breaks the doctor said, and about 7 weeks to heal. It’s been 3 and still hurts, and hard to walk.

Comment from: Colin, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I broke my big toe cracking the bone lengthways from joint to joint. It was missed at the time by our NHS as they tested for gout. This was two years ago and I'm still in pain, wondering if there is anything I can do.

Comment from: Godsgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

Three weeks ago I was helping my 14 year old daughter stretch. We were holding hands going opposite directions, when she lost her balance and pulled me forward. My big toe and the 2nd toe split the leg of a bench and when I looked town my 2nd toe was lying sideways to the left. I knew it was broken. It turned my entire foot black and blue. I’ve been in a boot for 3 weeks, I’m at the doctor now for my recheck, but I was told it’s still broken and displaced. Going to specialist now. Ugh!

Comment from: unique, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I hit the toe next to the big toe on my right foot last week in August. It is now entering the last week in October. I have buddy taped my toes the whole time, but did not go to doctor. There is some discoloration, and my toes still hurt when I apply pressure. I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Carol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I dropped a large brick on my big toe years ago and went to the emergency room. They x-rayed it and said the bone was crushed. A few years later I tripped over a raised paving slab. I went to the doctors to be told my big toe was broken. This was on the other foot. Now recently both feet I have painful issues with. They are numb with a tingling sensation. And I get shooting pains in my toes and feet. I have been to the hospital twice and my doctors as well, but they have not given me a diagnosis. Nor seem interested.

Comment from: Toria83, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

A few days ago I kicked my partner’s foot and shoe by accident, oh how that man's foot hurt! I heard it go crunch, and now my toe against my middle toe and pinky is a horrible shade of black. I can't bend my pinky or the toe next to it, but the top of my foot is starting to turn black too. I definitely think I've fractured it somewhat. I have a nearly-two year old and I can't keep off my foot and rest it. So I'm just going to plod on. If it isn't moving in the next couple of days I'll go to my general physician.

Comment from: Quinn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

In mid-August, I swung around the corner in the kitchen and jammed my little toe into the shoe of my husband who was standing in front of the refrigerator. Excruciating! I screamed in pain and hobbled crying to the couch holding my little toe. I iced it for an hour or more and went to bed that night in agony. It would be a week before I had it x-rayed, which revealed I had a non-displaced fracture of my pinky toe. I started buddy taping it, as instructed. Six weeks later, it still hurts.

Comment from: Spooky tab, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I broke my pinky and 'ring' toe about 5 years ago after running through the hall and kicking a wall with my bare feet. My toes swelled double their size, my cuticles would bleed as my nails grew for about 5 months, and the tip of one of my toes turned black. I never had them looked at because I was always told there was nothing they could do, and they took a long time to heal. Now I can't curl them like the rest, I can almost bend them but all these years later they still hurt whenever I try.

Comment from: Myles M, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

After several broken toes it’s wise to get it examined by a doctor. It’s best to see how bad it is by the results from an x-ray. In my experience it was paramount to see a doctor due to the severity of the Injury. They’ll give you pain medicines and a moon boot; always ask for a moon boot, it’s your best form of mobility. Also the first 3 nights are excruciatingly painful so be careful when you sleep, as your other foot may clip your broken toe and it’s extremely agonizing.

Comment from: Janet, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I think I broke my toe when I stubbed it. Now 6 weeks later it is still bruised and swollen. I can touch it without any hurt but it does rub on shoes; not as bad but it’s not right.

Comment from: cali, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I broke my middle toe, and it’s been three weeks. I still feel that it is swollen, and I still limp. My job requires me to stand four hours a day. Wonder if the healing process will take longer if I don’t rest it enough.

Comment from: Jackie, 45-54 (Patient) Published: September 17

I went on a holiday. Abroad walking to the toilet, I hit my little toe on a sunbed and broke it. It started throbbing. I am taking pain killers, but my foot is still quite swollen. I have done this 3 years ago.

Comment from: Jude, 65-74 (Patient) Published: September 13

It’s been 9 weeks since I broke my third toe. It’s still very red and swollen, not only the third toe but all of them.

Comment from: Gem , 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 10

My mum has broken both big toes at work. She has an open fracture in one of them but broken in two places and 1 fracture in the other one. She is in a lot of pain, it's been about 3 weeks now and she is still struggling to walk. She has handed a sick note in but is being forced to work tonight. Wonder if her employer can make her work. She is a cleaner and in unable to wear any safety shoes as they are too heavy, she uses heavy machine to scrub the floor.

Comment from: Marigold , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I fractured my big toe 10 years ago while caring for a relative. I dropped an oxygen tank on it! Immediately it slanted 50 degrees right and went numb. It turned purple but no pain, so no doctor. Months later I asked doctors about it, and they would say, “yes, probably broken, nothing you can do.” No one suggested an x-ray. Last year I sprained my lower ankle and got it x-rayed. The doctor noted, ‘ankle’s not broken, but... messed up big toe!’ No feeling in it, and it is still numb and slanted. Wonder if I can have it straightened.

Comment from: STINKYBOY, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I am in my early 50s. I am a serious distance runner (time for 10 KM is 35:45). I broke the toe second from the baby one while in the kitchen (I was a little drunk while cooking, and accidentally kicked a table leg). I tried to run through it, went to the doctor and had an operation, whereby three pins were inserted. I am currently going crazy because I can't get out of the house and go for a run. I am keeping my cardio up through cycling (heel only) about 35 K a day (weather permitting; rain - wet bandage).

Comment from: Kcharp, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I was cleaning out my kitchen hutch this morning and a huge Christmas mug fell right on top of my foot. That was almost 12 hours ago, I'm still in excruciating pain and it's throbbing. I have it elevated and nothing is working, and I wonder if the toe is broken.

Comment from: Ann.L, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I was in a really bad car accident two years ago. I broke my ankle completely in half and ever since then I've been having problems with my little toe, not sure this is normal. It's very painful on the inside and it stays hot. My ankle is still completely broken, and they don't know why I'm not healing. I was wondering if it is because it's broken and if that is what is causing the pain to my pinky toe.

Comment from: Concussturd, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I was riding my bike and dropped off the bench went over the handlebars, hit my head and landed on the right side of my body, somehow jamming my left big toe. I knocked myself out and was bleeding from my head but all I was able to concern myself with was how bad my toe hurt; that was three days ago. I'm worthless, and can't walk.

Comment from: Peggy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I'm very sorry to read this. I'm 47 and on 8/23 I fell on a sidewalk. Busted my 2 knees, left a huge bruise on my leg which is still there, bruised up one side of my arm, cut up my 4 toes on my left foot that the state won't fix after falling down 2 flights of stairs 2 times, and now I fell on my right foot and broke 4 toes. I actually popped them back into place, but my foot is still swollen.

Comment from: FLtoestubber, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I stubbed my 4th toe on the left foot on July 4th at home. I went to urgent care the next day because the pain was really bad. They did x-ray and said it's not broken. I asked if they were sure because of the pain and they did a 2nd read of the x-ray, called me the next day and said yes, there is a mild fracture but treatment didn't change. Basically elevation and ice. Almost 3 weeks later it is still swelling up occasionally. This blows.

Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I didn't do anything to hurt my toe. It has been hurting in my toe for a week. Finally I looked close at it and it is lying sideways. Obviously broken. I am 74 and have osteoporosis. I wonder if it could just break without force on it.

Comment from: Julie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I dropped a paving slab on my big toe and broke my big toe. I was issued with an air boot and that was 4 weeks ago. I went to accident and emergency couple of days ago because my ankle is all swollen causing pain. The doctor said that was because that was the healing process, but it is still hurting and the pain is in the middle of my ankle and still swollen. I don’t think this is normal.

Comment from: Clevegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I broke my big toe on my left foot over three months ago by jamming the toe into itself. I was wearing pants that were two long and they went over my foot and it rammed/jammed somehow. Three weeks after the original fracture, I stubbed it badly. I've been to four different doctors and they keep telling me it's going to take a while to heal. It's going on almost four months now and it's getting slowly better but I still have pain, swelling and redness from the blood rushing to it.

Comment from: serena, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I broke my middle toe, confirmed with a doctor. I work in a restaurant on my feet upwards of 45 hours a week, and no chance to soak throughout the day. This is going on week 4 and I am still in pain. Wonder if I should go to the doctor and get a boot.

Comment from: Sue, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I fell off a Segway and broke my big toe and the one next to it. Five weeks later it is still swollen and I can’t bend either of them.

Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I broke my toe in October and it's still purple. It is a little swollen but it doesn't hurt.

Comment from: Misob50, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had a 150 lb. weight dropped on my right foot 3 weeks ago. Broke 4 toes. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and I am still in a lot of pain. The doctor said no weight bearing for at least a month and recovery will be gradual.

Comment from: Lia, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

About a year ago now I was running upstairs and I kicked my little toe right on the wooden corner of the stairs. It bruised really badly and I eventually went to the hospital because I was in so much pain with it, but eventually the pain went away. I've been with my new job for about 6 months now and this past week my toe has been killing me, hurting and it hurts when it is touched. My job requires me to be on my feet for periods of up to 10 hours to 12 hours a day. I am debating whether it is worth getting an x-ray to check if it is broken.

Comment from: CarolZ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I broke my second toe, almost four months ago. It's still bent, swollen and purple. Already went through the pain. Not so willing to let them break it again! There has to be a better way.

Comment from: Dileep k, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I had a toe fracture 4 months back, all my five toes got broken and one of them came outside. Now I’m okay, I’m able to walk but running is difficult and all my toes are not bending properly. I have a doubt if this fractured toe will become as normal as the other ones and if the toes will bend properly.

Comment from: Omondi D, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I got an injury on my right toe during a taekwondo fight and it’s been a week now. I can’t bend my toe on the second joint. I wonder if I should be worried or it will heal with time.

Comment from: Mickey133, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

About 23 years ago, I kicked the couch with my foot. My second toe bruised and was very swollen. Pretty sure I broke it, never had it checked, as I was always told they couldn't do anything. Left it alone. Whatever healing took place, left the toe deformed, with what looks like a large knuckle. Fast forward to current day, and the toe is suddenly bruising for no reason. Seems to just be the top side of the toe. Hope nothing serious is wrong.

Comment from: yaya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I shattered (broke in two places) my pinky toe by kicking a metal post of my bed. It has been a tough recovery; was healing but not correctly so I had to have surgery. It's been 4 weeks since the surgery and I'm still swollen and sore. Weight bearing, but painful. But it is slowly getting better. Feels like it never will but it does.

Comment from: Shaheer, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 08

My toe was broken and came outside of my left foot second toe, after I had an accident. The doctor said to remove the bone that came outside and join the remaining. I had a surgery and didn't have pain for that day, now I have pain in my leg and I can't sleep well.

Comment from: Amy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Four weeks ago I fell down 2 stairs and slammed my foot into a huge dog bone. I snapped my baby toe of my foot. They reset it in the hospital but I had to go to an orthopedic doctor. I have been in an air boot for 4 weeks. I was told it could take 90 days to fuse. Pain is an understatement.

Comment from: Broken pinky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I slammed my pinky toe into my dresser almost 3 weeks ago was told it’s fractured. I am a cashier, on my feet all day, and the shoes hurt so badly. Bruising is still bad from pinky to all across my foot.

Comment from: Lee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

In January, I was walking fast through my house and stubbed my middle toe really hard on the leg of my couch. My toe was in an L shape so I went to the emergency room. They numbed it and straightened it. I had it buddy taped for 4 weeks and also used a special shoe. Three months later my toe is still swollen, has a dip on top (like a ring), hard lump on the bottom of the toe, and painful with severe pain on the bottom of the foot (under the toe), and it is hard to walk. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: Jack , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I broke my big toe about a week ago, I fell off my bike and landed on it funny. It swelled up pretty quickly so I rested it for a couple of days, the swelling went down, and I could move it slightly. I’ve been going to work with it broken/fractured, I can now move it a lot more but I’m getting a pain in my calf. I’ve not been to see a doctor yet.

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