Kicking a Bedpost ….
I found this account in my file of medical receipts and was struck by the language of its presentation. It reads like a police report – especially the use of the word ‘accidentally’ – implying no harm was intended.
XR TOE 1ST GREAT TOE LEFT
IMPRESSION: Fracture of the proximal phalanx of the fifth toe as
indicated. No obvious extension to the articular surface.
INDICATION: Left 5th toe pain for 3 days after kicking a bedpost
accidentally. 729.5 Pain in limb.
TECHNIQUE: Three views of the left toe(s) were obtained.
FINDINGS: Oblique nondisplaced fracture of the mid distal portion of the proximal phalanx of the fifth toe. There is no definite extension to the articular surface. This is best seen on the frontal view. There is soft tissue swelling.
No additional fractures.
The bedpost was replaced with prejudice.