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Broken big toe, no range of movement

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by ashen6226, Feb 7, 2023.

  1. ashen6226

    ashen6226 New Member

    I broke my big toe five weeks ago. Two things I have learned: what fracture blisters are and what they look like, and that fractures are measured in pieces. My toe was broken into three pieces by two fractures. I foolishly walked around on it for a week before getting it looked at. Since then, I have been in a boot.

    Early on, I noticed that I could not move my toe more than a centimeter above the ground, and that it tended to droop if I took my foot off the floor. I'm not actually supposed to be moving the toe of course, but I am worried as to why I can't. I can't blame it on the inevitable atrophy, since it was behaving this way from the beginning.

    It was a gnarly injury, described by the podiatrist as "shattered." Does this sound like nerve or soft tissue damage? It doesn't hurt that much at this stage. Thoughts?

    BTW, the Dr. noticed a stress reaction beginning to take place which was much improved by the elapsed time in the boot (2 more weeks to go). So there's always a silver lining.

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