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Thanks for your question.
Based on your description, it isl ikely he has fractured his second toe.
Black and blue is due to the leakage of the blood from fracture site.
It is not wise to run triathlon with broken toe as it can cause more damage.
Also he needs to buddy tape the toe with adjacent toe for immobilization.
ice can be applied to reduce the swelling.
a foot xray should be done to confirm the fracture.
walking boot can be used to relieve pain and pressure on the toe.
The healing process is slow but will take place within 4 to 6 weeks.
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He says he ran home after it was broken and wants to know exactly what type of damage can be done if he runs on it tomorrow
there is a possibility of displacement of the bone fragments from running long distance.
this may result in non healing of the fracture since blood supply often gets compromised.
in that case, the toe may be lost also in extreme cases.
Ok, that was extreme
We're off to the hospital now
this should heal well with adequate rest as described above.
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