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Injured Toe


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Last night I stubbed my toes and the thing i stubbed it on went between my small and fourth toe after i knocked it. My pinkie toe was really swollen and in big pain even without any pressure at all on it. I can't put weight on my heel, on the toe or outside of my foot becuase it really makes it hurt. Nor can i pointe it, put a shooe on or flex my toes. Today its the same pain, still slightly swollen and blue/purple. I cannot touch or move my pinkie toe. I've followed up with RICE, and everything. What could i have done? Is it too early for a doctor's visit? I have schoool monday, i watched class today, etc. I have no clue what to do anymore. You don't realize how much you need an unpainful foot untill you have one :)

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Well I had kind of the same problem my pinkie was swollen and bruised and it hurt to do anything on it, so i went to the doctor and they told me i broke my growth plate in my foot.

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See a doc very soon! With that much pain coming from one blow, we could be looking at all sorts of damage. ER if nothing else is available.

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Major Johnson is right...you need to see a physician as soon as possible. Almost being able to walk on it isn't a good sign and you want it to heal correctly.

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Don't panic, it could be just a sprained little toe, and will get better relatively quickly. However, if you still cannot walk on it in a couple of days, I would definitely get it checked out. If it is a sprain, or even if that toe is broken, there is really not much one can do about it except ice it and not wear shoes! (Actually, I danced with a broken small toe, but not on pointe.) However, the problem is that without a physician's diagnosis, you don't really know what is wrong and it's always possible that it could be something other than a sprain or a break in the little toe, as someone said above in the post about broken growth plate. That is why it's always good to find out, even if there is not a lot that can be done about it other than wait for it to heal itself. :o

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I hope you can see a doc if it's not better by Monday! I hurt my toe at a July SI, with similar symptoms. A doc x-rayed it; no break, but it was dislocated. He sent me to a dance physical therapist/chiro who put it in place. I was off pointe a month, but danced on flat [gently] a week after the accident. My regular teachers were glad I'd seen a doc & rested [from pointe], so it healed well for the season & was fine for variations by September. Some people siad," There's nothing you can do for a toe." but I'm glad I saw that doc. Once the toe was "re-set" {manually & gently} it felt much better. Don't worry though-it'll heal!

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Keep up the RICE until you see the doctor, then follow his/her instructions from there out.

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Can't say. We can't examine it. The doctor can. Bug the office to give you an appointment. SOON!

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