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Old Sep 1st, 2022, 03:12 AM
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Fractured toe - Easy places to visit on East Coast?

Good morning all: I'm on vacation next week. I found out yesterday the snap I heard at the gym was the bone in my big toe fracturing. I'm an athlete and very active so I had planned time wandering in NYC to see The Morgan museum among other things and at Storm King and Bannerman Island in upstate NY, both very walking intensive. Does anyone have suggestions of other things to do and/or places to go along the East Coast. I can drive or hop on a train and photography is a hobby of mine. Thank you!

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Old Sep 1st, 2022, 06:39 AM
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Are you in a boot? Is it painful to walk? Some toes are more broken than others is the reason I ask. Bummer.

Maybe some place you can rent a bike to tour? Or even an electric bike. Some place like Charleston might lend itself to that.= and probably lots of other places.

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Old Sep 1st, 2022, 09:14 AM
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As I remember it, Storm King had a free shuttle that took visitors around the park, on/off style. There is also a concentration of outdoor sculpture around the museum building where less walking is required.

Perhaps your orthopedist could set you up with a walking boot plus a cane or crutch to allow you more mobility, since NY City really is a walking town. You could check museums for free loaner wheelchair services, too.
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Thanks for your reply! I'm in a shoe of sorts, open toed, and it is painful to walk. No cycling either due to where the toe is broken. I'll take a look into Charleston!
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What about the Knee walker? Check 'kneeler for broken foot' and quite a few items come up. You might not have to cancel at all.
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Great idea, TDudette!
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From NYC. You could take the train to New London, CT. Very close to the train station are ferries and boat tours of the area. One goes by the lighthouses in that part of Long Island Sound, great photo ops.

The CT casinos have wheelchairs, some motorized that you can use to get around in them if that interests you.
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Charleston and the surrounding area is very flat and very photogenic.

if you can get a direct flight - the airport is small and easily negotiated.
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Charleston exudes Old South atmosphere with a Gullah culture flare. Its historic homes dating from the early 1800s and late 1700s line brick streets and are surrounded by lush foliage.You can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the historic district, with its veranda-fronted mansions. The historic district has over 3,600 historic structures including Powder Magazine (1713), Charleston Museum (1773), Old Exchange (1771), Pink House (1688) and the Old Slave Mart (1859). If you can afford it, stay at an historic inn in the historic district such as the John Rutledge House Inn (1763) or Planters Inn (1844). Eat Lowcountry cuisine such as Shrimp and Grits, Chicken Bog, Collard greens, and Skillet Cornbread..
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As suggested, how about getting a scooter? And obviously don't be shy about using taxis, uber, whatever kind of local public transit is available.
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Portsmouth NH and Portland ME both have interesting boat rides and several choices at each location. You can drive to Fort William Park for terrific view of Casco Bay. Portsmouth has lots of photo ops. A favorite drive is Rt 1B from Prescott Park area past fancy hotel, etc. Or coastal route takes you past beautiful mansions. Odiorne Point. As you drive 1B at one point you can see derelict Navy prison in one direction, fabuous renovated historic hotel in the other. Newcastle area.

kind of depends on what kind of photography you do. Classic and antique car events are popular. I enjoyed recent closeup shots someone took of different parts of different cars. There are subtle hints of Fall right now in NH. Agricultural fairs offer beautiful animals and action shots.
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I had a similar issue this past winter and the open toed shoe was only good for around the house for me. The boot was significantly better, so you might try that. A knee walker would be a real inconvenience, unless you have no other option. My neighbor had that at the same time I was in a boot and she hated the thing, FWIW.
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As someone who has pushed thru and traveled on injuries (torn miniscus for one), I would consider rescheduling if you can.
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Thank you for your honest reply, Suze! As much as I want to go, walking with this weird shoe is definitely affecting my gait and making both feet hurt. I also need this toe to heal quickly as the one thing in life I do not excel at or find comfort in is sitting still! Again, my thanks!!
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eenie1--To help with your gait, you want to be sure that your other foot is at the same height. Use heel lifts in your other shoe. That made all the difference in the world for me.
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I would never do that kind of trip when you just broke your toe. I understand you have a week's vacation so I guess don't want to waste it, but I'd do a road trip in such a situation. I don't know where you live, but there is lots of good scenery in upper NY and New England. I sort of like driving trips, though, and then you can stop in various places for some minor attractons of interest that required minimal walking, sure, but not some intensive walking trip where you have to plan other transportation, etc. There is always the chance you could make it worse, also.

I broke my foot once and it didn't hurt after the first few days when the bruises/injuries that often occur when you have any injury died down. I also fractured a rib and same thing, it never hurt after the basic muscle/side bruising was healed. I presume you've told your doctor about that as I wouldn't think an immobile broken toe should be hurting indefinitely. I just know mine didn't.

It should only take about 6 weeks or so to heal a broken bone, I think that's about what mine did. I didn't have any boot or cast or this other stuff (I never did with my ribs, either, but they can't really do much for them). You're just supposed to make sure it isn't twisted, flexed or stressed in some way. I had a strap-on "boot" which I could put on with velcro straps and it did only go around my ankle tops to my toes but the heel and toes themselves were open of course. It had some metal stays along both sides as the main goal was that you didn't twist your foot in any way to cause further damage to the healing bone. I walked on that without any pain but my break could have been in a different part of the foot bones, it wasn't the phalanges but in the metatarsal. I think big toe breaks are worse than other toes, of course.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2022, 09:35 PM
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I just don't see the point of traveling when you know you are going to be so limited about what you can do, and possibly may be in pain.
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