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can I text you? I have to leave my computer. The only medication I take is synthroid. I am having no other problems than what I have stated. Swelling and bruising. It is hard to step down because of the pressure
Hi Dr. Rick,
That is very helpful. Yes, I can stand the pain. I also googled this (before I asked for your help). Sometimes the internet gives us just a little too much info, doesn't it? Below is what I found. Is it best just to ice and elevate or should I try to do the tape as is suggested below--is there any benfit to that? Also, I have no deformity, just swelling and bruising. Does that last sentance below apply?
Thanks for your help
Home care after breaking a toe includes applying ice, elevating the foot, and rest. Medical treatment for a broken toe depends on which toe is broken, where in the toe the break is, and the severity of the break. If you do not have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, your toe can be "buddy-taped " to your uninjured toe next to it. Protect the skin by putting some soft padding, such as felt or foam, between your toes before you tape them together. Your injured toe may need to be buddy-taped for 2 to 4 weeks to heal. If your injured toe hurts more after buddy taping it, remove the tape.
In rare cases, other treatment may be needed, including:
Medical treatment is needed more often for a broken big toe than for the other toes. An untreated fracture may cause long-term pain, limited movement, and deformity.
I planned to email you but you beat me to it. My toe is feeling better and I am so glad I came to you for help. You were exactly what I needed and saved me from spending a whole day of my vacation seeking face to face medical advice. You are my hero!