Fans of The Real Housewives of New Jersey may remember that Caroline Manzo gave herself the boot off the show last year, saying she felt the on-air drama was ruining her family’s good name.
Now it appears she’s gotten a different kind of boot—a walking one—after breaking three toes on her right foot. Although the origin of her injury is still unknown, in true reality-star fashion, she kept her fans updated on the progression of her pain via Twitter.
First, she tried to self-treat her injury (which is always, always, always a bad idea!), posting pictures of herself putting ice packs on her toes on both Saturday and Sunday. Not surprisingly, her home remedy didn’t make her feel any better; by Sunday night, she had obviously sought professional treatment as she posted a picture of her foot in a walking boot with the caption “like my shoes?”
As a blogging Houston podiatrist, I’ve given my readers many virtual lectures, but the DON’T SELF TREAT one has to be one of my favorites. Even if you don’t think you’ve broken a bone, as Caroline Manzo clearly didn’t, if your foot hurts badly enough that you need to ice it for an extended period of time, that is a sign that you need to see a doctor. Attempting to walk on a sprained or broken foot will not make you a hero; it will only exacerbate your existing injury and extend your recovery time.
If you suspect that you’ve broken a bone in your toe, foot or ankle, don’t waste a weekend icing it and hoping you’ll heal on your own; schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider and get proper treatment immediately. If you don’t, I just might have to brawl with you, Jersey style.