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Small toe broken. Questions about load and restoring performance

FrazFraz Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Alright, so my toe is broken. I erased the old questions and added new ones.

Doc said it would take a few weeks to fully heal but was not very specific.

At Break-Day + 4, most of the swelling is gone. My foot does not hurt at all unless I put a load on it. I can even walk lightly without pain.


I've heard that is take about a week before the body starts to lose fitness. Here's my recovery plan:

First two weeks: mostly off of it, with some workouts like pullups and pushups on one leg, rowing with one leg, O rings and stuff that's off the foot or can be done with one foot.

Next three-four weeks, start doing bodyweight squats and a bike if I can find one

After that I'll start running again.

I'm pretty sure I'll lose a lot of running speed and endurance, but how long do you think it'll take to get it back?

Could I start running sooner?

Anyone have experience with a broken toe in their foot and getting back in shape?

I'm asking because I'm shipping out to Army Basic training in less than five weeks.

Fraz on

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  • NODeNODe Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Foolish? You're not going to lose the toe or anything, but yes it's probably going to take a little longer to heal than it would if you were able to keep off it for a week.
    That doesn't really sound like an option though, plus "I broke my baby toe!" is probably not an excuse you want to be giving any one.

    Tape it up, if you can run on it without collapsing in pain I think you have to just deal with it.

    NODe on
  • FrazFraz Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    NODe wrote: »
    Foolish? You're not going to lose the toe or anything, but yes it's probably going to take a little longer to heal than it would if you were able to keep off it for a week.
    That doesn't really sound like an option though, plus "I broke my baby toe!" is probably not an excuse you want to be giving any one.

    Tape it up, if you can run on it without collapsing in pain I think you have to just deal with it.

    Do I sound like that much of a bitch?

    The issue here is that I will miss my ship date and probably delay it by several months.

    I got this ship date on March 4th, more than 120 days ago, so that would mean another four months maybe.

    Fraz on
  • NODeNODe Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Fraz wrote: »
    NODe wrote: »
    Foolish? You're not going to lose the toe or anything, but yes it's probably going to take a little longer to heal than it would if you were able to keep off it for a week.
    That doesn't really sound like an option though, plus "I broke my baby toe!" is probably not an excuse you want to be giving any one.

    Tape it up, if you can run on it without collapsing in pain I think you have to just deal with it.

    Do I sound like that much of a bitch?

    The issue here is that I will miss my ship date and probably delay it by several months.

    I got this ship date on March 4th, more than 120 days ago, so that would mean another four months maybe.

    No? Sorry, that wasn't what I was trying to get across at all.
    I don't think you've given it long enough to know if it's something you can work around or not yet.

    NODe on
  • President RexPresident Rex Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I would think a fitness camp would have a medic or part-time physician who could better diagnose whether your toe is broken or not. If it's a severe stubbing it may not be broken (and even if it is broken there may not be much you can do about it that you're not already).

    I've done similar; aside from hobbling for a day or two (and having a toe that's all bent up weird still today) it healed (to an easily runnable state well within 5 or even 3 weeks).

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  • FrazFraz Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    NODe wrote: »
    Fraz wrote: »
    NODe wrote: »
    Foolish? You're not going to lose the toe or anything, but yes it's probably going to take a little longer to heal than it would if you were able to keep off it for a week.
    That doesn't really sound like an option though, plus "I broke my baby toe!" is probably not an excuse you want to be giving any one.

    Tape it up, if you can run on it without collapsing in pain I think you have to just deal with it.

    Do I sound like that much of a bitch?

    The issue here is that I will miss my ship date and probably delay it by several months.

    I got this ship date on March 4th, more than 120 days ago, so that would mean another four months maybe.

    No? Sorry, that wasn't what I was trying to get across at all.
    I don't think you've given it long enough to know if it's something you can work around or not yet.

    You're definitely right about that. I'm probably just getting ahead of myself

    Fraz on
  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Fraz, your best bet is to go into the fitness camp tomorrow morning and ask them the same questions. Not only will they be able to show you how to tape your little toe to the one next to it for stability while it's healing, they'll also be able to tell you reasonably how long it'll take to heal - plus, give you tips about how to continue exercising without aggravating it (swimming/barefoot calisthenics/etc)

    e: also, broken toes are not a bitch injury, if your circulation is compromised in a tight shoe and you ignore it, you're in big trouble and may lose the toe if you let it go long enough

    Usagi on
  • GrimmGrimm Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I kicked a chair and broke my small toe over a month ago. It didn't hurt that much that night but the next morning, it was purple and i couldn't walk on it. Had to take a couple days off work (construction). Its been 4 - 5 weeks now and it still hurts. To sum things up, you could be able to get around in a few days but your gonna be hurting for awhile. And yes it is embarrassing to have to tell people you need some time off for something like this but having done it myself and seeing how it feels, your not being a "bitch".

    Grimm on
  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    i mean if you break anything you're not going to have a good time for at LEAST like 2 months

    Raneados on
  • AvicusAvicus Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    i mean if you break anything you're not going to have a good time for at LEAST like 2 months

    From my experience with broken toes it will hurt for a couple weeks but if you tape it up properly and don't whack it hard he should be fine to go to basic training. Just go to a doctor or a physio to gauge how bad the break is. They won't be able to do anything to help but it will give you a good idea on recovery times.

    Avicus on
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  • GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    All you can really do is tape it up. I'd have a doc look at it, but he'll probably just say "tape it up." You can take some Advil to reduce the swelling.

    I'd stick to low impact stuff if you can for the next few days... see how it works out.

    GungHo on
  • FrazFraz Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I updated the OP with:


    Alright, so my toe is broken. I erased the old questions and added new ones.

    Doc said it would take a few weeks to fully heal but was not very specific.

    At Break-Day + 4, most of the swelling is gone. My foot does not hurt at all unless I put a load on it. I can even walk lightly without pain.



    I've heard that is take about a week before the body starts to lose fitness. Here's my recovery plan:

    First two weeks: mostly off of it, with some workouts like pullups and pushups on one leg, rowing with one leg, O rings and stuff that's off the foot or can be done with one foot.

    Next three-four weeks, start doing bodyweight squats and a bike if I can find one

    After that I'll start running again.

    I'm pretty sure I'll lose a lot of running speed and endurance, but how long do you think it'll take to get it back?

    Could I start running sooner?

    Anyone have experience with a broken toe in their foot and getting back in shape?

    Fraz on
  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Do you have access to a pool? I mean, I can't imagine that you'll be putting a lot of stress on your toe doing laps, and it's excellent cardio

    Usagi on
  • claypoolfanclaypoolfan Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    You should probably mention in the OP that you're due to ship out soon like you had before because otherwise you're gonna get a lot of "why are you so anxious to get back in shape?" responses.

    claypoolfan on
  • FatsFats Corvallis, ORRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Fraz wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure I'll lose a lot of running speed and endurance, but how long do you think it'll take to get it back?

    Probably not as much as you think. The first few days will be hard but you'll fall back into your normal pace before too long. Better to keep things light than risk aggravating your injury.

    Seconding the pool suggestion, if you've got one handy.

    Fats on
  • FrazFraz Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    You should probably mention in the OP that you're due to ship out soon like you had before because otherwise you're gonna get a lot of "why are you so anxious to get back in shape?" responses.

    Good point thank you

    Fraz on
  • NODeNODe Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Do you have access to a half decent gym? One of those reclining bikes might let you work on cardio without putting any pressure on the toe, I imagine you take most of the pedal motion on your heel on those things.

    NODe on
  • AvicusAvicus Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    If you're at a gym for cardio you could also use a rowing machine, just make sure the straps are below toe level.

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