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I've managed to break my little toe... How long should I give it to heal before getting back into running, exercising etc? I don't want to start too soon and have it not heal properly. But I'll miss my exercise....

Fri. Jun 13, 9:30am

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You can swim! I would tape it and give it the standard 6 weeks before you hit it with any running. Things like an incumbent bike may work earlier on because you can keep the direct pressure off your foot.

Friday, June 13, 2008, 10:26 AM

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Go to a doctor!

Friday, June 13, 2008, 11:58 AM

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I agree, some of these questions on here should really be directed at professionals.

Friday, June 13, 2008, 11:59 AM

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There is nothing a doctor can do for a broken little toe, so you may as well skip that. Personally, the little toe is the only bone I've ever broken. It will take a couple of weeks to heal right. I would not start running any time soon, but rather walk. You'll know when it's better by how it feels. A pp suggested swimming, or a bike which are great ideas! Good luck.

Friday, June 13, 2008, 12:48 PM

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A survivor of many a broken toes, the pp is right. A few weeks; you'll know by how it feels.

Friday, June 13, 2008, 7:09 PM

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I broke my small toe as well. It just heals on its own. Nothing a doctor can do. Cannot obviously be put in plaster :) .

Friday, June 13, 2008, 9:00 PM

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OP here. I went to the doctor when I first broke it, and they didn't even X-ray it because, as some of you have mentioned already, there's nothing they can do. It wasn't until after I'd left that I realised I should have asked how long to rest it for.
Thanks for the advice; I figured 2 weeks or so... and swimming and cycling are good ideas. Maybe walking a bit after the first week or so? I'm taking it easy this weekend though; only broke it 3 days ago.

Saturday, June 14, 2008, 4:29 AM

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Just wanted to say I feel for you! It stinks to have an injury that impedes your ability to exercise! Heal soon!

Saturday, June 14, 2008, 10:47 AM

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