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Climbing with fractured big toe

stugang
5/09/2012
2:08:40 PM
Another one for you medicos (or armchair experts).

Say you fractured your big toe by dropping something on it. Not so bad that you really need to go see doc, but it hurts pretty bad.

How badly does climbing general exercise on it f'k with the healing process?

If its just pain I'll deal with it, but I wouldn't want to really mess it up.

Miguel75
5/09/2012
2:37:09 PM
I reckon get it checked out, just in case. Cue sad little violins; I dislocated & fractured my LH pinky finger while in Japan and after resetting it myself decided I'd let nature do its thing. Unfortunately nature's thing included a bone chip in the joint which is still kinda painful all these years later....

Eduardo Slabofvic
5/09/2012
2:54:01 PM
Dear Stugang,

Try taking a teaspoon of cement orally, three times a day, until you harden flock up.

Kind regards

Eduardo
simey
5/09/2012
2:58:11 PM
Dear Stugang,

I reckon Viagra might help, if you are that much of a soft c--k.

Kind regards,

Simey
Nick Clow
5/09/2012
3:18:32 PM
In 1984 I was riding my motorcycle along the Great West Road (London) on a cold Wednesday afternoon. Next thing I know I wake up in hospital with my left foot being cut out of a motorcyle boot. I had bounced down the outside of a truck and finished under it. My L big toe and other assorted bones in my L foot and ankle were broken.

28 years later I have moderate to severe arthritis in my L big toe and had the further joyous news fairly recently that it looks like I have arthritis under the ball of that foot.

Climbing of course, puts a great deal of pressure/focus on your feet and toes, so (from personal experience) I would say that these are bits of your body that you need to take care of. I manage my situation reasonably effectively, but, if I could turn back time, then I would choose not to have to deal with this legacy issue.

So - bottom line - you might not want to hear this, but you should LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. You say your toe 'hurts pretty bad'. What do you think that is saying to you? If you think your big toe is broken, then you should take medical advice and rest as necessary.

I rest my case.




kieranl
5/09/2012
3:36:20 PM
Did Reinhold Messner need big toes? Did Douglas Bader need big toes?
Obviously if you are going to climb 8,000 metre peaks or be a World War II fighter pilot then you don't need to worry. Otherwise maybe get it looked at.

Duang Daunk
5/09/2012
3:37:23 PM
Dear Stugang,

Cover all 50 mm of it with split garden hose like a rope protector and think about your gems being collected while absailing.

Kind regards

DD

tnd
5/09/2012
4:28:37 PM
What does your big toe log say?

pmonks
5/09/2012
4:44:15 PM
+1 to what Nick said. One of my semi-regular climbing partners here has arthritis in both of her feet and when it's bad it's completely debilitating. She's definitely been taking copious amounts of both cement and viagra though - she ran her first marathon earlier this year and won both her age category and the one below!

stugang
5/09/2012
7:52:05 PM
FWIW I climbed about an hour after the domestic washing machine incident. Glad I got a session in before the swelling and pain started too badly.

Now my daughter sings a song about daddy's rainbow toe - "blue, red, purple and green"...

Anyway, the pain isn't so bad now - I'm finding beer quite effective. I don't know any cement suppliers in richmond otherwise I'd give that a crack too.


stugang
5/09/2012
9:36:47 PM
DD

Isn't gem collecting illegal without a NOB licence?

Your humble servant

SG

stugang
5/09/2012
9:50:02 PM
Thanks CD

I wanted (and suspected) your advice to be true but my left toe log has gone missing and I cant remember my lifetime average ratio of edge v backedge v egyptian v Persian Kitty.

I'll let you know if it starts turning more green than blue.

Doug
6/09/2012
4:25:55 AM
Suggest you go for the doc and rest option, Stugang. I've got a significantly arthritic big toe (which I broke but promtmy ignored) that bothers me a lot if I wear tight shoes and/or do a lot of edging. Didn't worry me much for quite a while but does now that I'm a bit older. So, if you want to think of the longer term ...
james
6/09/2012
10:07:35 AM
>Didn't worry me much
>for quite a while but does now that I'm a bit older.

I think stugang is already a 'bit older'.... he should be good to go

shortman
6/09/2012
10:57:12 AM
On 5/09/2012 stugang wrote:
>Another one for you medicos (or armchair experts).
>
>Say you fractured your big toe by dropping something on it. Not so bad
>that you really need to go see doc, but it hurts pretty bad.
>
>How badly does climbing general exercise on it f'k with the healing process?
>
>
>If its just pain I'll deal with it, but I wouldn't want to really mess
>it up.

Is this just your way of avoiding Taipan?

Doug
7/09/2012
4:18:22 AM
On 6/09/2012 james wrote:
>>Didn't worry me much
>>for quite a while but does now that I'm a bit older.
>
>I think stugang is already a 'bit older'.... he should be good to go

Yep: I've only got a quarter of a century on him ... :-)

stugang
7/09/2012
10:59:32 PM
Damn you james.






if you said it about someone else I would have laughed.

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