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The Tartan Taddy
March 26th, 2007, 04:38 PM

Disaster I just broke my pinky toe, my breast kick is wide and trying to squeeze bye another swimmer in the lane I kicked the outside wall (never going in an outside lane again).

That was during the warm up and of course I continued and finished the set a mixture of sprint and endurance which would have helped a lot with the injury, not.

Anyway bye the time I got home it had swollen and was very much bruised, so I have been giving it hot and cold since.

Question is has anyone had expierence of this injury and what can be done to get back in training as soon as possible ?

March 26th, 2007, 04:57 PM

Question is has anyone had expierence of this injury and what can be done to get back in training as soon as possible ?

Yes, it was while I was in high school. My dad said there's nothing you can do but tape it to the next toe. Mine was only a cracked pinky toe and was back swimming (not competitively) as soon as the swelling went down.

As I understand it, for a simple fracture, there still isn't anything to do.

The Tartan Taddy
March 26th, 2007, 05:09 PM

Thanks, but what else would you expect to hear from a member of the armed forces, ha ha.

I had an idea that you can only just tape it up and wait, but as an older swimmer and slower healer, I was wondering if there were some tips on speeding up the healing process.

Today the following day I cannot put any weight on it and are walking with a limp but only short distances even after constant hot an cold treatments.

I am fearing a longish layoff which would be a rea pity as I have been training well recently.

March 26th, 2007, 07:14 PM

that is a link to a clinic discussing how best to promote healing in your body. these are general guidelines for healing, because -- as has been mentioned -- for a broken pinky toe, there's only taping it to the next toe as a splint. well, that and rest right afterwards until the bone fully sets.


March 26th, 2007, 07:40 PM
Hoo-ah:drink: :drink: :drink:

March 26th, 2007, 07:42 PM
Tad: No worries. Normally I would have bite it off; you have nine others.:rofl:

The key is the swelling. You'll be good to go as so as you can get the inflammation down.

Good luck.


March 27th, 2007, 12:01 AM
I've broken MANY toes - water polo accidents, the drunken bowling incident, late night sleep walking incidents - and you're right, there is nothing you can do. tape it up, rest for a few days and just be careful not to plant your foot when you flipturn. it'll stop hurting in a few days and you'll be just fine.

The Tartan Taddy
March 27th, 2007, 07:29 AM

Thanks again for the pratical advise, although I am gutted at reducing the number of meals I eat to 8 per day :( and there was absolutely no mention of beer and wine intact !

"No worries. Normally I would have bite it off; you have nine others.:rofl:"
Your right swimming is a mans sport, why did I even put this post in, I should hang my head in shame :o

Webgal, when you broke your toe I bet you didn't put post on "late night sleep walking websites" or "drunk at the bowling alley websites", looking for sympathy - even the girls are showing me up :o

July 22nd, 2010, 05:21 PM
For others who may be looking for information on being a swimmer with a broken toe, consider going to a Sports/Orthopedic Specialist or even your GP to get an X-ray. More than likely there will be nothing that they can do. In some cases, though, they will want to set it and possibly screw it (no pun) and, in those cases, if you ignore it, you are asking for problems later. If you are lucky, you will experience arthritic pain when you are older (and walking). If you are really lucky, there will be a deformity so slight and subtle that you will not notice that it changes the way in which you pivot your foot, which will put undue pressure on your ankles, knees, back and neck and by the time you realize it, you won't be able to do much about the damage you have done to all of those areas. Think bunion for a minute. Same dynamics, different spot. Talk to any chiro or sports doctor about what I just said, especially if you are also a runner. I just swam for the first time in two weeks because of my broken toe.... FINALLY! 2 weeks wasn't as bad as I thought (getting back in I mean). Last note: If I had taped mine, it would have healed crooked and given me more problems. It all depends on the nature and angle of the break and an X ray is the only way to be sure, so be wise!