Amazing how such a little toe can hurt soooooooooo much. I broke my pinkie toe years ago when a horse spooked and stomped it. What worked for me was learning to walk in a strange flat-footed way that doesn't make you flex your foot. I could do a lot of barn work, but riding really hurt for a long time. Good luck, hope you heal soon!!
I broke my little toe for the 2nd time about 3 weeks ago (first time as a teenager) and rode in a Horse Trial the next day. Walking the course SUCKED; the only shoes I could wear comfortably were my Muck Boots, and it was hot. Riding wasn't as bad and it stopped hurting after about a week.
Buddy taping is hit or miss. Get some big, boxy-toed shoes if you can (borrow a size larger, maybe?) and hit the ibuprofen.
My broken big toe is in the final stages of healing - yeah. Taping it helps. I found my best friend was my Ariat hiking style boot (can't remember exactly which style). Like somebody else posted - a stiff sole is your friend. I just limped around as I did chores (with a little cursing if I banged it up against something ). I propped it up at night for a few nights with ice as the it would swell more when I was up and working.
I vote for the 'tape it to the toe next to it'. Just make sure that toe isn't broken, too. I did that once (taped 2 broken toes together, unknowingly). They fit together like puzzle pieces and the one healed all wrong. Oh well. They work.
Wear fluffy winter socks? Making sure they aren't too tight? I like having all the fluff to guard against my toes slamming into the side/toe of the shoe Sometimes my boyfriends' socks (the newer, cleaner ones!) have worked nicely.
Hoping it's feeling better soon! I'm dealing with kicked ankle/squooshed foot syndrome.. OUCH. Unfortunately, the personal office dress code I make myself adhere to requires heels, no comfy shoes
Another vote for the tape it crowd. I've broken more toes than I want to count...I went to the doctors for it once, he taped it to the next toe. Being a teen at that time I had to ask, "That's ALL you do for a broken toe???" The reply was yup...as long as no foot bones are broken they just tape it. The heal decently...out of all those broken toes mine still all work.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
Had several broken toes and they are an inconvenience. On top of the taping and the low-heeled stiff soled shoes/boots try to stay on hard ground. Walking in soft earth (like arena sand) will aggravate the dickins out of that toe. When going down stairs try to hang your toes on that foot off the front of the step-just don't fall down the steps.
Be greatful there's no snow on the ground! Colt broke my little toe years ago. He stepped on it and pivoted and it was at a 90 degree angle. Mine took FOREVER to stop hurting. It was a year before I could wear a regular pair of shoes. Fluffy socks and muck boots were my friend.
Jeez EqTrainer you're having a rough week. I broke my pinky toe last Saturday and had to get a fracture boot so nothing flexed when I walked. I couldn't take pressure from any shoes on the top since it was broken by a 1500lb 4 year old so the top was pretty owie. I've graduated to taping it to the next toe and wearing tennies. Still can't take the pressure of paddock boots but the limp's almost gone. Pinkies suck since they're the last thing you step off of and flex so much. Find a hard soled shoe and plenty of Tylenol!
Please don't try to be a voice of reason. It's way more fun to spin things out of control. #BecauseCOTH - showhorsegallery
Ahhhhh but CoolMeadows, in perspective it's not a big deal just very, very annoying!
I taped it to its neighbor and got thru evening chores. Realized longeing the four year old was not a good idea when he went rodeo on me. Jogged everyone with the golf cart after that at one point I had LMEqT's pony on my side and my son had our boarders teeny tiny pony on the other, it was hysterical.
Amazing how paranoid I feel walking a horse on that side!
Thanks everyone, I figured this crowd would know what to do
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My guy stepped on my clog (suede uppers, wood lowers) and then LEANED on it. Crushed my big toe, and I bled like you would not believe (down the 150 foot aisle to the wash stall, to the bath room and then 4 hours later back and forth in the emergency room). 8 stitches later and one crushed big toe and one fight to keep my nail because after 5 shots in the toe I could STILL feel it I got home. The male nurse joked about the "exquisite pain" of a foot injury. Sick guy.
It happened because I was too lazy to put on my steel toed paddock boots (because I was "only going to groom him").
Bottom line do not appear in the barn with clogs.
Other than that it takes about 2 weeks to get back into shoes. Wear open toed sandal with socks pulled forward so there is slack. I got 4 days off of work per my Dr. which I thought was excessive until the pain set in. Pinkie toes might be less painful except that it usually takes the load of the shoe because it is on the end of the foot. Sandals, aspirin, tape it and no visits until you can fit into protective foot wear.
Ohhh Ohhh Ohhh, I am a member of the broken pinky toe club! So, ummm, the first time I broke the same way you did, I snagged my pinly toe on the wall while running to answer the phone. AAHHHYAYAYA. That hurt. I had a horse show that next day. Arrrggg. So, then.. a week and a half later, Bugs, my beloved TB mare, stepped on my OTHER pinky toe (she spooked) and broke it too and whatdoyaknow? I had a horse show that weekend too. Oh yeah, it was fun to ride with two broken pinky toes! Take Motrin! Lot's of Motrin! You can take up to 2400mg a day, 3 does of 800mgs! It will help... maybe a glass of wine will too!
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