Broken toe... walking boot?

@mommyboo (13262)
United States
September 23, 2010 2:58pm CST
I need some advice from anybody who has ever broken their big toe or a bone in their foot. I went to urgent care today to have it xrayed and it's broken straight down the center. The PA wants me to get one of those walking boot things to help immobilize my foot/toe so I can walk - I don't really have a choice to NOT WALK because I have things to do and kids. Anyway, I'm trying to get ahold of the office to see if they can order me one, they did not have one that would fit and he wrote me a prescription but I called all the medical supply offices and none of them apparently carry things like this. I am stumped, and at my wit's end. I called my regular doctor too but they are at lunch, plus I don't know if they can provide me with what I need either. I don't want to go see another doctor after I have already seen one and xrays confirm the break. Should I worry about it and try to do what I can to get the boot thing? Does anybody know if a regular pharmacy would carry these and fill a script? Thanks
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@dorannmwin (36611)
• United States
26 Sep 10
The only place besides an orthopedists office that I can think of that would possibly have these would be the medical supply outfits. However, since you've called them and none of them have one then you probably are going to have to go with the orthopedist. Besides that, you should really be under the care of an orthopedist for this kind of a break because it could cause a lot of problems for you down the road if it doesn't heal correctly.
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@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
27 Sep 10
I probably need to call urgent care back and find out when or if I need to go back to see them for a followup. I imagine in a few weeks I'll need another xray or something to make sure it's healing right lol. It's MUCH better than the day I did it, but I still can't bend it without something hurting so that tells me I shouldn't be bending it yet.
@sacmom (14363)
• United States
24 Sep 10
How'd you go and do that? My husband broke (and smashed) his big toe back in April. And although the hospital gave him a walking boot as well as crutches, he wasn't supposed to get up unless it was absolutely necessary, like a quick trip to the bathroom. Other than that he had to stay off his foot and keep it elevated. And here he's a very active man (he's in construction and works out regularly). So you can just imagine how he felt having to be laid up. Did the doctor say you could walk? By what I remember the boot doesn't give you the freedom to go about and do your normal everyday activities. It's just to protect the toe from getting bumped when you do walk, which should be kept to a minimum. I understand that you have to walk. But until your toe gets better you really should stay off of it.
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@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
27 Sep 10
I was chasing my friend's son down a dirt hill because he shoved open my car door when I was backing out of the driveway and ran because he didn't want to go to school. I didn't want him to get hit by a car and I also didn't want the other kids to be late for school, so I jammed the car into park, got out, and tore off after him. I know better now than to run down a steep dirt hill in a pair of flip flops but at the moment, I wsn't thinking about myself at all lol. When I went to urgent care finally, I still didn't really think it was actually BROKEN, and I was hoping maybe 'light duty' ie not walking around on it normally (since I can't bend it without it hurting) for a week would be enough for it to heal but no, of course not it's actually broken but at least not smashed or displaced. The doctor wanted me to not be up and around on it but I told him that I can't carry a kid if I'm on crutches and I have to be able to get around because of kids. I've been trying to stay off it as much as I can though in the meantime. They gave me this walking boot thing that is too big, but it's hard and flat at the bottom so it keeps me from bending my foot, so I can walk even though I'm very slow. Most of the swelling has gone down, although my toe is still purple and part of my foot is purple. It is driving me nuts because my favorite source of stress relief is RUNNING and I can't RUN lol. I went to the store the other day and it took me an HOUR to get the stuff I had run out of because I hadn't been to the store in a week lol. I'm just grateful that the kids take a minimum of supervision once they are at home. My biggest source of irritation was that it's harder to drive and it takes me longer to walk when I do walk, and carrying kids or kids' backpacks or diaper bags or jackets or really anything is harder and I have to be very clear with them that they all have to hold hands and walk right in front of me and NOT run off because I can't chase anybody. I realize I look ridiculous hobbling around but so many people keep telling me if I try to do too much too soon I might damage my toe more, ugh.
@4mymak (1725)
• Malaysia
24 Sep 10
i cant help with the pharmacies and such, since i live on the other side of the globe.. but i am very sorry to hear about your toe.. and hope it will soon heal..
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@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
26 Sep 10
I'm just waiting for it to heal enough to un-purple and for the swelling to go away, because then maybe it will be solid enough that I can start to bend it again and wear my shoes lol. I am not good with things like having to slow down, bedrest for an injury, pregnancy, or illness would kill me. I'd go crazy lol.
@Adoniah (7525)
• United States
23 Sep 10
I have broken every toe on both feet except for my left great toe, and the little toes a couple of times. All I have ever done is straighten out the broken one...ouchy and taped it to the toe next to it for a couple of weeks. They are all nice and straight. They Great toe was the worst. I did use a Popsicle stick to keep that won mobile. I did talk to a doctor one time and He said that there is not much that you can do for a toe except what I did. You cannot cast it and those big Boots are so heavy that they would put pressure on the toe...more ouchy. So the taping is the best. Not too tight though, you don't want to cut off blood circulation. Shalom~Adoniah
@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
26 Sep 10
The boot thingy is helping... it's not one of those big velcro ones that encases your leg up to your knee, it just goes up to my ankle. It's flat and hard on the bottom so my foot/toes are unable to bend, and I'm walking mostly on the heel and outside of it - I limp pretty bad right now. Until I can start bending my foot normally I'm going to limp, and I'm going to be really slow. I thought maybe I could have my toe taped but urgent care wanted me to use this boot thing instead, they sent me on a wild goose chase all over town and calling dozens of places trying to fill a prescription for one because the ones they had were either way too small or too big. When I finally got ahold of them again, they said I could try the medium one and I did. It's much less painful than trying to get around with a shoe, or barefoot, both put pressure on my toe.
• United States
23 Sep 10
When I broke my foot I did not use anything but a chair to get around till it healed back perfectly. My daughter broke her toe twice she used nothing as well and it healed back well. There is something you can do I just don't know what that is. i would call other pharmacys or hop around with a chair.
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@mommyboo (13262)
• United States
26 Sep 10
I called about 6 places, including a hospital pharmacy, Walgreens, Walgreens home health, every medical supply place in town, several medical supply places down the hill, etc etc etc and etc. Nobody carries these stupid boot/shoe things, so I'm grateful the urgent care actually had one that was too big. They had a child size one, an adult one that was too small, and an adult one that was too big. The good thing about this too-big one is that it attaches across the top of my foot/toes right where I don't want my toe to bend, so although it's big and a little awkward, I'm walking on my heel/outside of my foot with it anyway so I'm not tripping over the front of it.
@Hatley (107319)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Sep 10
mommyboo I have never used a walking boot but when I was in the ER Monday with hives I saw a walking boot sitting on a corner of a long table so they have them in ERs here in C alifornia When I broke the toe next to the little one the doctor taped it to the next tow then I just put on floppy slippers and' used my crutches I had from my first experience I had with severe arthritis in my good knee. took about six weeks to heal.Ask at am Emergency room .
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