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dislocated toe. relocated it after a month?

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:30 am
by VoK
I recently dislocated my pinky toe. I thought it was just a jam and it would heal, but after a week, the pain has subsided a lot but the joint is still quite crooked.

However, I am headed on a vacation in 1 week and although my toe is dislocated, I can still walk and hike without discomfort. Only running and lateral drills bring out the pain. I have been waiting for this vacation for a year now and there's no way I'll back out on it.

I will be back in mid January.

Is it still possible to relocate a toe a month after it's dislocation? Would I need a hospital visit? If I try to relocate it now, will it heal well enough for hiking by December 27th?

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:11 am
by Ironman
You should go to the hospital and get it put back. If it was broken and grew back funny, they might have to break it again and tape your toes together to get it to heal.

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:09 am
by Matt Z
Probably best to get it checked out, since it doesn't seem to be healing properly. If they do have to re-break it, they may be able to put that off until after your vacation. Otherwise they may just be able to pop it back in.

PS.) I broke my right pinkie toe in Judo once. It looked horrible (turned black at one point) and took a long time to heal.

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:49 pm
by caangelxox
I read on another fitness forum (JP's) that you can put your toe back in place yourself.

http://forums.jpfitness.com/injuries-re ... joint.html read this thread.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:29 pm
by VoK
the part of the toe that hurts is the upper part, the joint closest to the nail. The joint that is closer to the balls of my feet is perfectly fine, I can pull hard enough to actually pop that joint as if I was cracking my knuckles.

That makes the whole "put the heel on the toe and lean" thing kind of difficult as it is such a small part of the foot that my heel can't get any traction on it.

I've tried pulling it many times but to no avail. I guess there's a chance it is fine and the joint just takes time to heal and realign. I don't know why it takes so long though.


For now, just more pulling and grimacing I guess. I'll get x-rays when I get back.