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Sam & Cat star Ariana Grande did not have a good start to her week.

The 20 year old actress sent a text message to her manager Scooter Braun on Monday morning to tell him about the crazy night she had just had.

Sunday night Grande had a wacky party that involved her slipping in her dog's pee and slamming into a wall, breaking three of her toes.

Braun shared the story on Instagram: "Had a party last night and in front of a lot of people I slipped on a huge surprise pile of Ophelia piss, slammed into a wall and broke 3 toes. have a great day."

Household injuries like Grande's are quite common and certainly nothing to be embarrassed about. We could probably write a book about the different ways people have broken toes.

Grande sustained a traumatic or acute fracture which is caused by direct impact or force, such as stubbing your toe (or slamming into the wall). Traumatic fractures can be displaced or non-displaced. If the fracture is displaced, the bone is broken in such a way that it has changed position.

Signs and symptoms of this type of fracture include:

  • You may hear a sound at the time of the break.
  • "Pinpoint pain" (pain at the place of impact) at the time the fracture occurs and perhaps a few hours later, but often the pain goes away after several hours.
  • Crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe.
  • Bruising and swelling the next day.
  • It is not true that "if you can walk on it, it's not broken". Evaluation by a podiatrist is always recommended.

It is an old wives tale that "the doctor can't do anything for a broken bone in the foot." This is usually not true. In fact, if a fractured toe is not treated properly, serious complications may occur. For example:

  • A deformity in the bony architecture which may limit the ability to move the foot or cause difficulty in fitting shoes.
  • Arthritis, which may be caused by a fracture in a joint (the juncture where two bones meet), or may be a result of angular deformities that develop when a displaced fracture is severe or hasn't been properly corrected.
  • Chronic pain and deformity.
  • Non-union, or failure to heal, can lead to subsequent surgery or chronic pain.

Treatment of toe fractures depends on the break itself and may include these options:

  • Rest. Sometimes rest is all that is needed to treat a traumatic fracture of the toe.
  • Splinting. The toe may be fitted with a splint to keep it in a fixed position.
  • Rigid or stiff-soled shoe. Wearing a stiff-soled shoe protects the toe and helps keep it properly positioned.
  • "Buddy taping" the fractured toe to another toe is sometimes appropriate, but in other cases may be harmful. 
  • Surgery. If the break is badly displaced or if the joint is affected, surgery may be necessary. Surgery often involves the use of fixation devices, such as pins. 

Reference: Perez Hilton

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