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Isn't my day - I broke my foot

Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,702
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Chronic Pain
Well, I had a bad day yesterday. My flares have been handled well, but yesterday a paper delivery guy dropped a 970 lb. pallet of paper on my right foot and broke it. I was rushed to the WC doc (he seemed like a quack) and after reading my x-rays, couldn't tell what was going on but thinks my foot is broken. So I'm being referred to an ortho foot specialist so they can properly diagnose what's going on.

This is the first time I've had to deal with WC and I'm certainly not looking forward to it. The paperwork the doc wrote up said I could return to work today, but would have to sit 100% of the time, keep my foot raised with ice on it. That's impossible in my job and my supervisor and VP of HR agreed, so home I stay. I don't know about tomorrow, but know I've got at least two more doc appointments to deal with.

And with a nice long weekend coming up, a bum foot. If it ain't one thing it's always another, eh? Geez!



  • Sorry to hear about your foot! I dealt with WC one time and that was one time too many!! Lol so I wish you luck there but hopefully your foot is not too badly broken.

    Take care of yourself the best you can,
    Sandra x
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Ouch! So sorry that happened to you. I'm sure it's very painful.

    Look at it this way, your weekend started early. I'm dodging that slap you've aimed at me here!

    I hope you're not hurting to much Cathie. Seems like we're cursed at times doesn't it? Keep that foot up my friend.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,836
    Sorry to hear about this accident Cathy....
    One bright side, the pain in your foot might take away some of the pain in your spine!

    Get better....
    Take care and dont push yourself
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Cath,

    You know work comp is just my favorite subject in the world.......NOT. I will tell you the system of work comp seems to work best though with a lessor injury, not that I down playing a broken foot, but better than a spine issue. Hopefully they can fit you with a walking boot or cast and you won't be in need of crutches. I know when I broke mine due to the spine issues, crutches wouldn't work. So when they put the plate in, I had to walk immediately following surgery on it. The walking boot I could manage so well, no one could tell I had one on, with pants on. So hopefully it works out okay with you. Oh if it is any consolation when I broke my ankles that time it was the Thursday(late night) before Labor day, nice long wait till Tuesday to see what needed to be done. The ER's don't cast any longer around here, for fear of swelling and what could happen.

    Anyway hope all works out well for you, keep us posted. Maybe your spine can rest up some while you wait, though.
  • Thanks Sandra, Debbie, Ron and Tam. It doesn't hurt as bad as I thought it would, although when it happened I was screaming at the top of my lungs - "GET IT OFF...GET IT OFF...GET IT OFF" and of course, the poor delivery guy was so freaked it took him about 20-30 seconds to get the jack back under the pallet to lift it enough for me to get my foot out. LOL Poor fella. It is turning some beautiful colors and is nice and swollen, just doesn't hurt like I thought it would. Of course, I am on pain meds. Speaking of which, I guess I should call my surgeon and let him know that I'll be back up on them for a while.

    Tam, I knew you'd chime in on the WC because of your undying love for them. I agree that with this little issue (and it really is little comparatively speaking), shouldn't have too much of a problem with them. I can tell by the x-rays that my foot isn't smashed to smithereens, so it might not even be truly broken, maybe just a little stress fracture or something. I really won't know until I see the specialist.

    This WC doc was so weird, he was having a hard time talking properly, interchanging syllables and stuff, I asked him if he was dipping into his own stash of meds. Yes, I actually asked him that (he said, "I wish...")LOL. He told me he couldn't figure out the x-rays, that's why he's sending me to a specialist. Boy, am I happy I have a nice, easy thing to deal with. Lord only knows what it would've been like if I had something really complicated happen. :SS

  • Hello Cathie,

    So sorry to hear about this mishap. As if the neck pain isnt enough to deal with. Im very glad I havent had to deal with WC (knocking on wood). Sounds like a real winner, that WC doc, maybe kinda like the doc in the ambulance in "Cannonball Run".....you'll know what I mean if you saw that flick. Hope you heal quickly! :-)

  • Cathie,

    So sorry about the foot! Lots of bones in there. I hope with it being 'squished', it will not be too bad.

    I dealt with WC when I slammed my knee. What a joke that was! When the neck went into full time mode, I elected to stay with my insurance verses deal with those fools again! No pun intended, but hopefully you will be back on your feet again soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hi Charlie.

    I haven't thought about that movie in years! I watched that scene on Youtube - thanks for the laugh today. It was also nice to see a very young Farrah again. That cracks me up. Dr. Van Helsing - just about like my doc, except for the coughing. LOL

  • LOL......glad i sent a chuckle your way. Actually, I just went and watched it myself! :-)

  • Poor thing!!! I'm so sorry this has happened to you.
  • I don't understand why they wouldn't send you to ER and get a walking cast? You should have a half cast fitted by the ER Dr. and a tensor around it at least to keep it immobile and you would be able to walk with crutches. I had a possible stress fracture and had to get a bone scan because they couldn't tell with x-rays but the Radiologist should be able to see it especially it being so bruised. Keep icing and keep it elevated a tensor bandage may help if it's not too tight during the day. I hope you're seeing the Orthopedic Dr. soon. Rest up. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Ouch! 1000 pounds on your foot, poor you. Hope that your pain meds,elevation and ice are giving you some relief.

    fingers crossed that you will get into the specialist quickly.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • OMG Cathie!!! Surely it is broken from that heavy of a box??!! Can you not go to the ER? I would think that would constitute an emergency... I can't believe they wouldn't send you there right away!

    Glad to hear the pain isn't overwhelming, I hope it doesn't completely ruin your long weekend! Take care of yourself, keep it elevated and iced! So sorry to hear this has happened to you...
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    So sorry to hear about your foot Cath, Hope you feel better soon
  • It was up to the WC Urgent Care doctor whether or not to send me to the ER. Being the quack he was, he said he couldn't tell anything from the x-rays so he wants me to see an ortho specialist, which I'm waiting for a call from.

    My VP of HR called me last night and is concerned that I haven't had a proper diagnosis yet also, but you can't buck the WC system - what they say you have to do, you have to do. Hopefully I'll see someone today.

    As I'm watching it swell and turn colors, I can see where the pallet landed and it's not where the quack said he thought my foot is broken. It's further down towards the toes, namely on the knuckles of my second and third toes. I can't see or tell a darned thing on my x-rays - I might have the strongest foot bones in the world if nothing is broken. Doesn't explain my yucky spine bones...quite the quandry. :-)

    For now, I'm limping along in a little boot, keeping it iced and elevated. I should be using crutches but frankly, I think it puts me in more danger. Those things are tough to use!!!

    I'll keep you posted. It sure hurts, though, those poor toes. I'm not allowed to go back to work until next Tuesday, given the ortho specialist's ok.

    And, although WC will pay for all the medical stuff (I don't pay any deductibles or anything), unless I'm out of work for two weeks (including appointments and therapy if needed), they won't pay for my time off work. I'll have to use sick/vacation time. Now THAT blows!

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I was just thinking of you and hoping your foot isn't hurting so much. Did you get any sleep?

    I hope you get a call from the specialist today--you may need to call and make sure they contacted one. Sounds like the WC doc was kind of out there.

    Take care and don't be trying to get housework done "since you're home". (Yep, I know you!)


  • Cath,

    Your learning the work comp ropes real quick. Don't you just love you have to be off work for two weeks before they will pay something? If it is any consolation if your out of work for more than two weeks they will back pay to day one. But also understand the doctors do know this simple fact as well. IN work comp it is hurry up and wait. So hurry up get up in the morning something might happen, but then again it might not. I can pm you my favorite names for work comp, but even I have to use a bar of soap on my mouth for my names for them. Why in the world the doc you seen if he couldn't tell didn't order a CT scan is beyond me. Also know one thing about stress fractures they can sometimes not present real clearly at first till their is movement, but become pronounced at a about two week mark.

    Now one other thing you should know in the event you need therapy and they send you back to work, your employer can force you to use vacation time when you go to therapy. I am at least happy to hear you have a boot on. But also it is a holiday weekend so I would suspect your going to sit tight for the holiday weekend and get a phone call next week. Just my suspicions. Got to love getting injured right before a holiday. Oh if due to your spine issues you can't use crutches, there is a little thing looks like one of the kids scooters but has a bench on it and you basically have your knee bent on it and can use that to get around with. Check out your local medical supply house, they should carry it.
  • Yeah, Debbie, I'm dying to clean the house. I think I might do some straightening up so my little one can have a visitor tomorrow morning.

    Tam, yep, hurry up and wait. I just called my adjuster and left a message and...now don't faint...she called me back in two minutes. I have an appointment Tuesday morning with the ortho specialist, so I'll get to sit around for four more days with this danged boot and ice. Dang this sucks.

    The adjuster did mention an MRI, so the ortho guy might do that when I get there, I'm not sure. I don't even think the x-ray is a good one and am pretty sure they'll redo it. I was going to drive myself if the appointment was today or tomorrow, but this way hubby can take me. Turns out it's quite a ways from the house and I'm nervous driving that far with a bum right foot.

    Tam, that's interesting about a stress fracture. I'm going to research on the internet today. It's impossible for me to believe that with all that weight on my knuckles for 20+ seconds that something isn't broken somewhere - unless I'm superwoman. If so, I'll need to change my name and avitar here.

    I'm not using my crutches. Yeah, yeah, I know...but the injury is near the toes part of my foot so I've been walking on the heel and side of my foot, but limping as to not put too much pressure on it.

    What's killing me is not being able to walk little Wally. He cries every morning, even though dad takes him out every night. Just breaks my heart. He does see the big foot and the limping, so maybe he has at least a tiny inkling that something's not right, not that that makes it any easier on the poor fella.

    Anyway, that's the scoop. I'm not sure how my company handles the visits, vacation or what, but whatever...at least I have the time. I'm told that the two weeks includes any doctor visits, therapy, etc., so all in all it may add up to two weeks, but I doubt it. I'm going to take it easy and have FUN the next two days now that I know when I see the doctor - movies, Casey Anthony trial, reading, gaming - no more worries. What's the point?

    Thanks friends.

    PS My boss was teasing me about the kiddie scooter on Tuesday and giggled every time she mentioned that I should ride one. :-)
  • Sorry to hear you hurt your foot, Cathie. It's bad enough having spine-related pain - you don't need this on top of everything else! Hope you feel better soon.
  • Hi and sorry to hear about your new injury.

    Tam's correct about dealing with w/c so best of luck.
    I can relate to getting a foot smashed also.
    Several years ago i had a fella run over my left foot with a forklift, and boy o boy that hurt. I felt my foot swell up inside my workboot, so i didnt take it off til the end of the day. Then the MGR. at work made me go for xrays, and luckily nothing was broke, just badly bruised.
    So i got 2 weeks off work, as i couldnt push the clutch in a drive a truck.

    Good luck and stay home as long as it takes.
  • Cathie,

    Have you considered getting a cane to help take the load off of your foot? Walgreen's have adjustable ones for under $20, and some of the designs are pretty. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.

  • so sorry to hear of your work accident!

    I hope that the pain will soon diminish and that you will be able to relax and still enjoy the long weekend.

    At least you already know what are the things you enjoy to do while you are not mobile, from your spine surgeries! :-)

    Thinking of you and hope that you will feel better and heal very soon.

    >:D< >:D< >:D<

  • I might use a cane, I don't know. It seems to be improving, but today I went out for the first time and discovered a couple of things.

    First, I can drive ok. Yay.

    Second, there's a reason they say to keep it elevated. Two hours out of the recliner and boy was my foot throbbing.

    Looking at it now, I can see that the pallet landed on my big toe, and the knuckles of the second and third toes. Might be a hairline fracture there, but I'll have to wait until Tuesday, unless they do an MRI or CT scan, then probably will have to wait a couple of days after that.

    Good news, though: The company whose driver did this has fantastic insurance, consider him negligent and they're going to take care of anything that WC doesn't. If WC doesn't pay for the days I've had to take off, then this insurance company will, or the portion that WC doesn't. They'll pay for any time I have to be off work for doc appts. etc., a settlement for my "pain and inconvenience" and will even pay my husband for taking care of me. I've never heard of such a thing before. I kept waiting for her to tell me "Just Kidding..."

    Looks like things will work out just fine financially, let's just hope the foot is ok.

  • Slip the driver 50 bucks to drop it on the other foot. You can finaly take that dream vacarion"
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Cath,

    So what was the final answer? By now I hope you have seen the specialist and they have a answer as to what happened? Hope it is nothing to serious. Yes, I am shocked about that two minute recall, but then again the return calls usually are worse when they find out what is wrong and you need treatment.
  • I too have been wondering how you made out at the specialist.Hope that everything went okay. Please let us know when you are able.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • dang Mama, hope your situation improves!!!!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • I haven't been keeping up as much as I should lately so I just read about this....YIKES and OUCH! I hope the ortho was better than the first doc and things are going ok for you? Let us know what is going on as soon as you can. Take care!

  • I saw the specialist on Tuesday. He took more x-rays and still couldn't tell if it was fractured, but it looks like whatever's happening is only with the second toe - the pallet missed my big toe. Whew on that one! So I'm in a hard boot for three more weeks, can't lift more than 20 lbs., can't walk for more than 30 minutes, and have to sit 50% of the time at work. That works out with my job, other than lifting paper, but not a problem.

    The referred specialist was very curt with me, I'm assuming because it was WC. Is that the norm? Geez, I didn't ask to see him (although had I known how gorgeous he was I might have - hubba hubba).

    Now, this morning, I wake up with half my face swollen with an absess in one of my teeth. It's been hurting most of the week, have lost sleep with pain the last two nights, but this morning half my face was swollen and I had a lump on my jaw the size of a golf ball. So I made an emergency appt. with a new dentist, one I don't know, and got antibiotics. Thank goodness I can have a drink while taking them - this has been one really rotten week and I need a G&T!!!

    Thanks for askin'. Looks like all will be well. I'll keep you posted on what happens after next month, with the final diagnosis, settlement, etc.

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    You need something stronger than a G&T! I hope that the antibiotics help.

    Sorry you have to wear the boot for so long. How is it feeling? Is it still very painful? I hope not.

    I hope you have a much better weekend Cathie! You need it!

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