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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: shattered toe not healing


 CharlieCabo - Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:57 pm

I recently (4 weeks ago) broke my toe on my right foot (right next to my big toe). Actually my horse stepped on my barefoot. Doctor took xrays (same day) said broken right below nail bed. buddy taped, and said no big deal. Came back to Dr. he said, toe was shattered and body is not absorbing bone fragments, don't know why, no medical reasons in my history. will check back in 4 more weeks and talked about "removing the bone"? Does that mean removing bone fragments or amputating toe?

I walk on my heal and side of my foot all day long, (with buddy tape system). I have children, horses, and 5 acres, can't sit still even if I wanted to.

What is to be expected/process/outcome???
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:28 am

User avatar Hello,
Four weeks is a decent time frame to judge for healing of the fragmented bone.
Since this is a distal toe fracture and does not involve the proximal toe joint, it should not in the long run affect your gait and function.
Removing bone if needed likely involves the fragments...although I expect this will not be necessary.

Total healing time is 6-8 weeks.

Take care.
 CharlieCabo - Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:36 am

THANK YOU for the information! It makes a huge difference to understand the details!

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