Celebrity Una Foden, of pop group The Saturdays, is a member of another group: the broken toe club. After injuring her toe while training for the TV show “Splash!,” she recently sought advice from her Twitter followers: “Anyone ever have a broken baby toe? It’s been 10 weeks and it’s still red and tender/swollen!”
Lately it seems that many celebrities are having foot troubles. Yet when I see famous people putting their work or fashion ahead of their pain, I doubt they are following sound medical advice and suspect they may be exacerbating their condition. Ms. Foden has been seen wearing black heels with studded toe details, and has continued rehearsals and performances. In a previous blog written by Dr. Berg, he noted how Victoria Beckham also refused to give up stilettos despite her painful bunions.
Everyone is at risk for fracturing a toe. Most of these injuries occur inadvertently, such as catching the little toe on the bedpost or door frame. And, as someone who has broken a little toe, I agree with Ms. Foden's tweet: “boy does it hurt.”
If you have a great deal of pain, swelling, bruising or difficulty walking following a stub, kick, smash or falling object on a toe, you might have a fractured toe. Rest and ice are generally helpful, but don’t hesitate to see your podiatrist. Your doctor will evaluate the extent of the injury and provide tips, techniques and products to speed healing and reduce pain. Immobilization is key to bone healing, and your podiatrist can provide a special boot or shoe to achieve this. "Buddy splinting," or taping the injured toe to a neighboring toe, is also a common technique. Your doctor will also monitor your healing with x-rays and examinations.
Avoid becoming a member of the broken toe club by wearing proper footwear and keeping away from scary diving boards. But if you do you happen to be having an accident prone day or are playing sports and bump, stub, or fracture your poor toe, give us a call at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000. We'll get you back to doing what you love faster than you can say Splash!