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Old 11-08-2006, 10:39 AM   #1
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How long to heal torn foot ligaments?

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Has anybody here torn toe ligaments? How long did it take until the foot was back to normal?


Trauma, treatment & current status:
(While warming up on a trampoline on Mon. nite, I tore the ligaments on my big toe. I landed a front flip w/ my big toe curled under. Ibuprofen + I iced it every hour for 15 mins yesterday, & doing that again today. Black & blue to the middle of my arch & instep + swollen, but now I can at least put a bit of weight on the ball of my foot.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:41 AM   #2
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Depending on the severity of the tear, you could be looking at a few months if you keep off it for the first month or two, then do some physio for the next 2 to 3 months.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:43 AM   #3
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breaking your ankle will really take your mind off of it.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:45 AM   #4
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While running in from centerfield, my 2nd basemen (250lbs guy) was running back and my glove hand hit the centre of his chest. I partially tore the ligaments in my thumb. I was back playing within 2 weeks but my thumb was not right for about another year and half. By not right meaning the range of motion was never quite what I had in the opposite one.

The description of how your foot looks is pretty much exactly like how my thumb looked. Lots of black and blue.
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:31 AM   #5
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i almost completely tore the ligaments in my thumb sliding head first in second base when i was 20. I was on the shelf for almost two months. I was lucky that i didn't have to have surgery, but i still have problems with that thumb, wrist.....aches sometimes, get's very stiff from working.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:16 PM   #6
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Guy at work tore the ligaments in his achilles heel. It's been a loooong time, maybe 5 months or more, and he says there's still pain (that gets worse the longer he's standing/walking), and he walks with a slight limp.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:26 PM   #7
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I rolled my ankle this weekend - tore some ligaments. Just got back from the doctor and he said I should be good to go in 2-3 weeks, but it wasn't a full tear. He described it as 'a few strands'. It depends on what gets torn where, and obviously if there's broken bones it's uglier.

If you're concerned, see your doc.
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:35 PM   #8
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Ankle ligaments are the woprst, along with a catalogue of other ankle injuries, mine still aren't right.. 8 years later... But it does depend on what level of torn / strained ligaments you have. Get plenty of physio, it does help and prevents the ligaments from scarring and building up scar tissue, which is not nice!!
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:20 PM   #9
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i was under the impression once torn they never fully heal back together..
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:29 PM   #10
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how do you know they are torn? did a doctor tell you that? why are you asking a bunch of non-medical types when a doctor can give you an answer straight up?

and no i am not trying to be an ass.
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:33 PM   #11
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seriously, just ask your doctor.

If it's a GP who told you that you tore your toe ligament, go see a specialist who will know exactly how long you're going to take to recover.

I partially tore my ACL and it took about 3-4 months until I could walk without being all gimpy. 8 years later and the shit still hurts. So without surgery, full healing and back to normal may be never.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:40 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by H2Whoa
how do you know they are torn? did a doctor tell you that? why are you asking a bunch of non-medical types when a doctor can give you an answer straight up?

and no i am not trying to be an ass.
In my case, my doc looked, did some poking and prodding, and was able to conclude that no bones were broken, but there is some ligament damage (due to the fact that my foot is starting to take on the color of a rotting slab of ham), but that it wasn't too severe due to my mobility and the range of motion he could put it through without pain.

However, if one were to wish to see a specialist, how do you go about it? I'm not even sure what kind of doc to ask for, let alone how I make an appointment without a recommendation from my family doc. I'm remembering my last ankle incident (same ankle) and it was a year or two before I had full 100% recovery.

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Old 11-08-2006, 06:50 PM   #13
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No evidence of fractures. It's coming up on 48 hrs since I fuckrd it; the swelling's coming off some, & I can put a bit of weight on the ball of my foot now. Walking is less gimpy now; range of motion in big toe has improved a wee bit. I'm hopeful that w/ proper care (ice, elevation, ibuprofen, light exercise), I'll be back on the trampoline in a cpl of weeks.

Re: finding a specialist -- I have a chart at the Sports & Spinal clinic (previous back & wrist sports injuries). Medical office, lab + physioterrorists. They do mainly sporty pain. Maybe UofT &/or a hospital has something similar in Toronto?
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:59 PM   #14
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Why is my left calf in severe pain?

I did no excercise or heavy sport (HA!) and yet all of a sudden, Monday morning around 11am, it starts hurting like hell. By Tuesday morning I can't walk on it. By Tuesday afternoon I am writhing in pain in the hospital.

Doctor x-rays it and asks a brazillion questions and in the end says, "Nothing is wrong. But take these painkillers for 3 weeks."

So now i can't even bend my foot and without the painkillers I'm wrecked. I take serious offence to the diagnosis that "nothing is wrong". My next appointment isn't for 2 weeks.

WHAT COULD BE WRONG?

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