Saturday, October 16, 2010

Howard Stern and His Broken Toe

Howard Stern broke his toe recently and was seen wearing a Camboot. He stubbed his 5th toe on the corner of a desk. This is a common injury that people suffer from. Whether its on the corner of the desk or in the middle of the night on the edge of the bed it can be a painful condition. Its important to have it seen right away instead of falling into the trap of "Oh its just a toe there is nothing that can be done for it". This myth is not true. If it were to involve the metatarsal, which is the bone behind the toe the treatment is different. With a broken toe this can lead to arthritis later in life if it involves the joint. The toe may also need to be 'set' back into place. Initially, the best thing for it is to be evaluated by a Podiatrist and have X-Rays taken. Following the principles of RICE (Rice, Ice, Compression, Elevation) also helps. Depending on which toe is broken it needs to be splinted to the adjacent toe. So his 4th and 5th toes are splinted together. One may also need a surgical shoe in case there is a lot of swelling. It may be difficult to get into a closed shoe. If one is trying to it will only make the pain and swelling worse. He was placed in a Camboot for his.
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