On Columbus Day weekend, I stood behind my best friend and watched him marry the girl of his dreams. Then I promptly went to the dance floor where I destroyed my foot.

I can vividly remember the moment the song “Apache (Jump On It)” by the Sugarhill Gang started playing over the speakers.


As you might expect, the entire dance floor erupted into a frenzy of alcohol-confident people dancing in ball gowns and tuxedos. Then someone with super-thin high heels took the song a little too literally.

Seconds later, I remember feeling a crushing blow to my foot. It hurt, but not enough to make me stop dancing.

(As a petite person — I’m 4 foot, 11 inches when not slouching — I regularly get stepped on.)

The rest of the night progressed and I didn’t let the pain stop me or my friends from enjoying the evening together.

But when I woke up the next day, my foot was purple.

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Of all my years of being stepped on, I had never had my foot bruise like this before.

I did what any normal person would do and sent a picture of the shockingly large bruise to all of my friends. My sister, an athletic trainer, commented that the bruising was not normal.

Since I already had a doctor’s appointment scheduled that day, I decided to show him my foot injury.

“Oh, gross, look what you did there,” he said when I took my shoe off.

“Thanks, Doc,” I joked. “I feel better already.”

After three X-rays and an amazing conversation about how I’m either the worst or the best dancer in the world, we reached a prognosis. I had a hairline fracture on my cuboid bone.

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According to the Podiatry Institute, the cuboid bone is one of five bones in the middle of the foot. It’s not typical for people to fracture a foot bone after being stepped on. But the swelling and bruising was a good indication that something was wrong.

The Epoch Times reports that a bone fracture can occur when a bone is crushed under significant weight. Though there is also a similar condition called a bone bruise, where swelling and bruising can occur at the site of a bone injury.

In order to distinguish between a bone bruise and a fracture, you should probably see a doctor. In fact, if you’re Googling, “Do I have a fracture?” like I was, you should probably go check it out. It’s the smart thing to do.

I’ve been ordered to use embarrassingly noisy crutches to get around the office, take anti-inflammatory drugs, and to ask my husband to bring me things from around our house.

“Doctor’s orders,” I’ve tried explaining to him.

We’ll see next week if the bone will need further treatment or surgery. For now, I’m just thankful my best friend is on his honeymoon, so he can’t make too much fun of my new post-wedding swagger.

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