Can I ride with a broken toe?

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I broke my toe this past Sunday and the physician's assistant (not a doctor) at the ER said I should still be able to ride. It is hurting a lot less now and I'm itching to get back out on the road. I tried riding on the trainer and it doesn't hurt, but I'm wondering if I would find that it was a mistake upon returning from the ride.

Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? To ride or not to ride... thinking about going out on Monday.


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George Arcarola (not verified)

From my own experiences, yes, you should be able to ride with the injury. The PA would certainly have told you if there was a problem.

Just a note... my son broke his smallest toe this spring and ran his best 400 meters at a meet three days later.


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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
go for a ride

The toe bones are quite thin and after breaking one, the break or fracture will quickly fuse back together after about a day. This is the medical advice 2 doctors conveyed to me (the one on site @ work and my primary care doctor).

After breaking a second and third toe, I did not bother going for a check up. It's quite easy to do if you walk bare foot alot at home.

Anyway, the black-n-blue swelling will surely last a few days longer, maybe even a week, if I remember correctly. That will be the source of discomfort. Wrapping the toe up with some medical tape helps a bit.

Maybe I took _a_ day off from running. But definitely after a day, it did not stop me from continuing with such activity. Cycling should not be any different.

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Bob (not verified)

If it gets too painful and you have to stop, you can always call a toe truck.

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ML (not verified)

Thanks for the advice.

It has been a week, so it's probably fused back together. It apparently broke all the way through diagonally, but that probably won't make a difference in healing time.

It does still hurt when I walk without pain killer and it's still bruised (not swollen though), but the cycling shoes are probably okay to wear because of the hard soles.

I can't believe people run on this after a couple of days! Mine was still painful to walk on at that point! Ouch...

Anyway, I'm leaning toward hitting the road tomorrow!

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