Mom Thought Her 8-Year-Old Was Just Being A "Drama Queen" As Usual When She Stubbed Her Toe, But An X-Ray Proved Her Completely Wrong

Date October 4, 2018

Lila's painful and somewhat funny story

Kristen Hewitt and her 8-year-old daughter Lila were just horsing around, when the girl stubbed her toe on the entertainment center. Lila seemed to be in pain, but Kristen was used to her making a fuss over even the slightest injuries, such as paper cuts, so she thought this time was nothing serious, just like every previous time.

READ ALSO: Mom Shared A Chilling Video Of Her 18-Month-Old Son Breaking His Leg On A Slide To Warn Other Parents

Kristen thought her daughter only had a bruise and gave her some pain medicines.

Next day, Lila’s toes hurt so bad she couldn’t bear weight on her foot. By lunchtime, the girl had thrown up and her toes weren't getting better, the mom told Babble. That’s when they finally went to the doctor’s office.

The X-ray revealed that the extent of Lila’s injuries was more serious than she and her mother had thought. Lila had two broken toes!

Although her foot was still in pain, Lila handled the whole situation with humor. Speaking to Babble, Kristen recalled:

I was shocked. I immediately hugged her and told her I was sorry for doubting her and she said happily, ‘That’s OK mom, I’m a total drama queen!’

I didn’t beat myself up though. I did the best I could. I’m just glad she didn’t have to suffer too long!

Kristen wondered how many other parents dismissed their kids' “minor” injuries that later turned out to be serious. She wrote about the story on Facebook, and some parent shared their own stories in the comments:

Some recalled how they got injured in childhood and their own parents thought nothing of it:

Fortunately, Lila’s story ended well. She is back on her feet, and it’s safe to assume that now she’s more cautious when playing!

READ ALSO: Mom Shared A Chilling Video Of Her Baby Daughter Breaking Her Leg On A Slide To Warn Other Parents

Signs and symptoms of a broken toe

According to Medical News Today, signs and symptoms of a broken toe vary, depending on the location, severity, and nature of the break.

If the break was sudden and caused by a trauma, you’re likely to notice the following:

  • pain that is not relieved by rest;
  • throbbing;
  • swelling;
  • bruising;
  • redness.

undefinedSeasontime /

In a more severe fracture, the affected toe may be bent at an unnatural angle. Sometimes, a fractured toe bone may break through the skin and stick out.

Stress fractures are a different kind of fractures and they aren’t always easily recognizable. They may result from activities that cause repeated stress on the toes, such as running.

Stress fractures manifest in the following:

  • pain that comes after activities such as walking or running and goes away with rest;
  • soreness and tenderness in the affected toe;
  • swelling.


How recovery goes and what you can do to facilitate the healing process

Recovery time depends on the kind and severity of the break. If you break a toe, you can expect wearing a cast for a few weeks and limiting any activities that put stress on your toes for a few months. Follow your doctor’s recommendations to make sure the toe heals well.

undefinedAfrica Studio /

Here’s what HealthLine recommends to facilitate the recovery process:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes that don’t put too much stress on the injured toe.
  2. Keep your foot elevated if your doctor recommends it. You may also apply an ice pack, just don’t forget to wrap it in a towel before use.
  3. Resume your normal activities at a pace that is comfortable for your toe. Slow down if you feel you’re putting too much stress on the toe.

undefinedAmawasri Pakdara /

Remember: toe fractures should be taken seriously.

READ ALSO: Mom Makes A Desperate Plea To Other Parents After Her 3-Year-Old Was Seriously Injured On A Trampoline

This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.