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Recovering from toe injury - schedule

Posted: Thu May 28, 2020 11:54 pm
by Fatar760
Hi all,

Ten weeks ago tonight (nearly to the hour, as it happens) I tripped in the shower and injured the 4th toe on my left foot. I spent the next day following the RICE advice. As we were days away from lockdown though, and with the weekend looming, I wasn't able to see a doctor at the time. I was advised just to rest it and that toes generally heal themselves.

Over the next ten days I was walking on it ok until it really started to bruise up and swell. So, I stopped and, as it happened, had to quarantine myself anyway. From the 11th April (3 weeks after injury), and on the advise of my doctor, I started daily walking to build my toe back up.

I walked very short distances initially (say 3 mins walking) and then the following day I'd rest. I alternated like this for a couple of weeks until I, foolishly, ended up walking 4 days in a row, at about 20 mins a walk. My toe was quite hot and painful on that night and so I decided to rest it up again, this time for another 3 weeks.

So, now I'm at a week last Monday (18th May) and, again on the advice of my doctor, start to build up my walking. I walk for four days in a row, 500m only (6/7 mins) and then started to get discomfort again last weekend.

I decided to go to a walk-in centre as it's now been 9 weeks since the injury and no medical person has actually looked at my toe - I've just been told "it'll have healed - build up your walking every day" My toe was x-rayed and I was told there was no fracture but that I had a soft tissue injury. He advised I continue to walk on it.

So, here I am having just got back from my second walk since the walk-in centre on Tuesday, Yesterday and tonight I've walked 500m BUT here I sit with a burning sensation in my toe and growing concerns that this thing just isn't going to heal.


My question here is about building up the toe after an injury. What is the best way to do this? Should I be ignoring these sensations after my walk (I wasn't getting these back in April when I alternated walking days) and keep at it every day.

And how about time and distance? Should a 6 min, 500m walk, be ok to do after 10 weeks?

I'd just love some advice on how I should be treating this. Should I be icing my toe when I come back from my walks? Is submerging in hot water a bad idea?

Finally, and with lockdown still ongoing (just about), how have others coped with keeping cardio up whilst injured? I must say it's taken quite a toll on my overall health and mental well-being.

Sorry for the long post (it must feel like it's taken ten years to read!)

Thanks in advance.


Re: Recovering from toe injury - schedule

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:50 pm
by talkhealth
Hi Mike,

Thank you for posting on the forum. Sorry to hear about your toe injury. It sounds like a frustrating healing journey. Soft tissue injuries, depending on severity can take 3 -6 months.

Unfortunately we at talkhealth are unable to give specific medical advice for this injury, but hopefully other members may be able to help. Given that its taking a while for the injury to heal, we would urge you to ask your GP to refer you to a physiotherapist. They can then assess what needs to be done and monitor it.

Kind regards

Re: Recovering from toe injury - schedule

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:08 pm
by MissCandyGirl
Have you thought of banaging up your toe yourself? You could buy some thick bandage and wind it around your toe and part of your foot. Also, think about the footwear you're wearing when going out walking. Perhaps only wearing trainers would work: even when just popping out for 5 minutes?

I do hope I've helped.