12.06.2004

we rejoice because the hurting is so painless

location . home, foot elevated
temp . 51
humidity . 72%
conditions . pain, with rain on the way

no, that is not a prosthetic monster cankle.

i managed to break my ankle and get mangled by an escalator all at once! this happened saturday, while i was sprinting down the escalator stairs at full speed (several at a time). i'm the smartest person in the world. 15 minutes later, when the next train arrived, i was still laying on the floor waiting for an ambulance in a puddle of blood (i wish i were exaggerating for effect here, but i'm not). at least michael was with me (and a friend of his - i successfully prevented them from going to a bachelor party on saturday night). 4.5 hours later i was leaving the emergency room with stitches and a temporary cast. today i visited an orthopedic surgeon, and tomorrow i'm having surgery. drama.

interpol . slow hands

6 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

Yes, the broken ankle certainly isn't fun, but what concerns me more is that you appear to have a condition that many of my friends and relatives have, which is known as Morton's Toe.

Definition:

Morton's Toe is a common forefoot disorder where the second toe is longer than the Big Toe (the Hallux).

Morton's toe leads to excessive pressure on the second metatarsal head (behind the second toe at the ball-of-the-foot) resulting in pain similar to the discomfort associated with metatarsalgia. The constant pressure placed on the longer second toe while walking or standing can lead to callus formation under the second metatarsal head due to this excessive pressure.

Treatment and Prevention:

Proper treatment of Morton's Toe starts with selecting proper footwear. Footwear with a high and wide toe box (toe area) is ideal for treating this condition. It may be necessary to buy footwear a half size to a size larger to accommodate the longer second toe.

Orthotics that feature arch support to keep the foot aligned, and a metatarsal pad to reduce stress on the ball-of-the-foot are often recommended when treating this condition. Proper footwear combined with a effective orthotic will provide relief from pain associated with Morton's Toe.

If problem persists, consult a foot doctor.

12:18 PM  
Blogger trinity said...

it's called my E.T. Toe!!! leave me alone.

1:22 PM  
Blogger natalie said...

trin - if it makes you feel any better, i get called 'monkey toes' because of my 'morton's toe'...

1:40 PM  
Blogger Murrye said...

god trinity that's awful!!!! i'm so sorry. well at least your toe nails were painted a nice color! hope you shaved your legs sometime in the last month. lol.

but seriously, i feel really bad for you. get some rest, and please slow down! =)

2:14 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

i just like to diagnos sometimes. the E.T./monkey toe is a sign of intelligence actually. ok, i'm lying. it's just a cute disfigurement. no relation to acute disfigurement. damnit...i just can't seem to dig myself out of this one.

5:51 PM  
Blogger natalie said...

trin... i really, truly hope that the surgery helps and that the pain goes away as soon as possible. just know that you're in my thoughts... on a lighter note, i do agree with murrye: your toenails are nice and pedicured-looking and lovely and stuff...

6:31 PM  

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