A Pandemic of Broken Toes
Staying home, 24/7, COVID-19 “safety.”
An excellent example of the law of unintended consequences.
At home people often walk around barefoot. Not a good idea. An unprotected foot and furniture is not a good combination. When they meet—the foot, the toes will lose. I am seeing an increased number of “minor” foot injuries; these include broken toes, plantar fasciitis, and nail injuries.
Prevention: wear comfortable slippers at home. The slippers should have a good tread for traction, and should not slip off.
Wearing socks alone—not a good idea. On slippery surfaces, socks alone will increase the chance of falling.
Treatment: If you do injure your toe, apply ice for about 10 minutes. If the toe appears deformed or the pain persists for more than a few hours—see your podiatrist.
Prompt treatment may result in decreased deformity and few problems.
And when COVID restrictions are lifted—it is still a good idea to protect your feet at home.