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Old 12-23-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I broke my big toe in 3 places after stumbling barefoot in the dark.

I have extreme peripheral neuropathy from diabetes and it didn't even hurt when I broke my toe. In fact it was my husband who insisted I get it xrayed after I showed him the extreme bruising and swelling.

it developed a HUGE blood blister which eventually popped and all the skin has since rubbed off. But the toe is still kinda pink and about twice as big as big toe on other foot. kids call it elephant toe.

Went to orthopedic surgeon who took xrays and we discussed surgery vs no surgery. Because of my diabetes and slow healing we decided just to let it be. He gave me 1 antibiotic which made me barf. next visit he gave me another one which also made me barf. I have not been back in 2 weeks.

I'm afraid of antibiotics now, I'm in no pain but toe is huge and I'm wondering how long it will stay this way and if infection is possible without skin being penetrated. All this happened about 6 weeks ago. can't get back to dr till after xmas.

Many thanks.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:52 AM
 
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I would not take any chances, especially since you have diabetes and a popped blister - that's a break that bacteria can use.

My last boss broke his arm riding his dirt bike, and had to have it surgically reset with plates and screws. He ended up with an infection that required IV antibiotics (they came and gave them to him at work). A few months later, he had a heart attack and died - at age 34. He was just finished the last course of IV antibiotics. That's an extreme situation, but I tell the story just to remind people not to take any chances.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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Of course the skin is broken! You wrote that it all rubbed off after the blood blister popped. It sounds like an infection and unless you want your foot amputated (very common among diabetics) you better get back to the doctor ASAP.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I don't really think of popped blister as broken skin . What I meant is penetration thru the skin. That would be a better way to explain it. I will go to doc next week but still am wondering about internal infection with no penetration. BTW doc was closed or couldn't get appt this past week. Believe me I am watching it like a hawk and don't plan on ignoring the whole situation.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:49 PM
 
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maybe if you're lucky before you go to the docs next week you'll see that it's getting better on it's own.....of course bacteria can definately enter through a pooped blister as easy as a penetrating wound....but as long as you put the antibiotic cream on it occasionally, and keep a watchfull eye on it...i'm sure you can trust your own judgement.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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Sounds to me like you're at risk for osteomyelitis. (It's what ultimately killed Christopher Reeve.) Don't mess around with this.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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Broken bones can certainly cause infections, especially if you not being treated. The fact that you can fee little, if any, pain in the toe might make it harder for you to determine if the problem is getting worse. The fact that you are diabetic makes the situation that more dire. Your risk of loosing the toe (and possibly part of the foot) may increase if do not seek treatment ASAP.
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