Some Temporary Fixes for A Broken Toe or Heel Injury

By now you've probably heard that the Mariners newly installed second basement Dee Gordon has been sidelined due to a broken toe. Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said Gordon was trying to play through it. Gordon fractured his own toe when he fouled a ball off of it.

Now it may be acceptable and even preferable for a major league player to keep on playing with a broken appendage. But keep in mind they're making millions of dollars a year to keep on keeping on.

As we enter the Memorial Day weekend if you've run too many miles and are feeling the sting of plantar fasciitis or you've run into your dresser in the middle of the night and now your toe is killing you, it's time to rest up and call me on Tuesday.

If you can't give up your plans, here are a couple of temporary fixes that could help. For a broken toe or a toe you think may be broken you can try to buddy tape it to the toe next to it. If you can get your hands on a walking boot that would be even better to ensure your toe is stabilized until you can make an appointment.

For plantar fasciitis you can try to tape your heel or have someone help you with it. Here is a demonstration of how to do it. Taping can help take the sting out of heel pain when you step down because the tape prevents your plantar fascia from stretching and re-injuring your heel.

Whether you decide to sit this one out or try my suggestions, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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