Actress Gwyneth Paltrow caught another break…of her foot. The actress is very much familiar with fracturing her lower extremities since in 2010 she stated she suffered from osteopenia. Osteopenia is when the density of the bone is less than normal. This can lead to an increase in fractures since the bones are weaker when compared to people of normal densities. The actress stated that this most recent fracture was cause by simply colliding her toe with the couch.
According to online sources Paltrow has fractured her toes up to 10 times. Seems like she needs to constantly wear shoes to protect her unlucky toes. In fact that is one way we can all prevent accidental toe injuries while running around the house. It is wise for some people especially patients who lack feeling in their feet to purchase a good pair of house slippers or indoor shoes. The reason for this is that people with a lack of feeling to their feet may not know how close they are to certain objects when walking around. This self awareness of the surrounding objects in relation to the body’s positioning is called proprioception. Without proprioception we can have all kinds of accidents with our feet and sometimes worse.
Fracturing a toe is not the end of the world but a proper checkup from a podiatrist is definitely needed. The podiatrist will check to make sure the bones are in proper alignment for healing. If the bones are not aligned then he/she may perform a closed reduction of the toe. If the fracture is unstable then surgical intervention may be required. Recently I had to reconstruct a great toe because it was shattered into 4 different pieces. This type of comminuted fracture is difficult to repair so I had to use bone graft in order to reshape the toe into its proper anatomic form. At Healthy Feet Podiatry we strive to be on the cutting edge of medicine and can use this technology to heal even the most complicated foot/ankle fractures. If you or a loved one suffer from a foot fracture please do not hesitate to make an appointment. Call us at 813-875-0555 today to get back to your active lifestyle!