Former New Jersey Housewife Gets the Boot Again

Caroline can smile after her broken toes were properly treatedFans 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. 

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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