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My boot is stuck help

  1. Jul 27, 2007 #1

    wolram

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    I went for a test ride on the bike, and now i can not get my right boot off,
    i have struggled till i am red in the face, it is as if the boot has shrunk, it is over an hour since my ride and i feel silly walking around with one boot on.
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2007 #2
    You need to lay down and raise the foot up higher then your body, and just relax, maybe take a nap. You do know that pixies have snuck in durring the night a switched a boot for a smaller one, don't you?
     
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  4. Jul 27, 2007 #3
    Have you tried untying it wolram? :tongue:
     
  5. Jul 27, 2007 #4

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    I'm not the one who put the glue in the boot, though I might have been the one who suggested it. :devil:
     
  6. Jul 27, 2007 #5
    You could always just put the other boot back on. At least that way you don't have to walk funny.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2007 #6

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    Wolram, I have absolutely no doubt that the world as we know it would cease to exist should we ever meet.


    Hypatia's advice is good, sounds like your foot did swell up.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2007 #7
    Maybe some ibuprofen would help? Assuming nothing else works. I hope your foot isn't turning blue.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2007 #8

    Evo

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    I hope there wasn't a poisonous spider in the boot.
     
  10. Jul 27, 2007 #9

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    My boot has no laces it is a pull on boot, and it has all ways come off ok in the past.
    Hypatia, if some imp has meddled with my boot and i find him ----------.
     
  11. Jul 27, 2007 #10

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    It would not at all, there would be fire works and an orchestra.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2007 #11

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    By Monique

    When you injure yourself, you get a local dilation of the bloodvessels as a response to the injury. This will lead to an increased bloodflow to the area, causing redness and warmth.
    At the same time the bloodvessels locally permeabilize so that the increased number of passing leukocytes can pass the bloodvessel wall and enter the injured tissue to start the healing process. The white blood cells will release cytokines, that will attracts additional cells. The permeabilization increases the passage of plasma into the tissue, causing swelling. Pain results from the swelling and probably other factors.

    So, an icepack will cause the contraction the dilating bloodcells, thereby the circulation in the area is reduced, there won't be enough circulating white bloodcells to start an inflammation reaction -> reduced swelling.

    So should i use ice to stop the leukocytes?
     
  13. Jul 27, 2007 #12

    Evo

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    If your foot is still swollen, ice is a good idea. You're not prone to blood clots, are you?
     
  14. Jul 27, 2007 #13

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    Sounds good to me. Perhaps you are retaining water? Start drinking heavily and see if that works. It will make the time pass while you recline with your foot pointed straight up. Lay off the salty snacks!
     
  15. Jul 27, 2007 #14

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    An icepack may or may not do the trick, Woolie. If I were in your position, I would wrap the booted foot in a sturdy plastic bag (so the boot won't get wet) and immerse it in a 5-gallon pail filled with water, ice cubes, and lots of table salt. That will chill your foot off as quickly as possible, and maybe the swelling will go down enough to let you pry the boot off. The water is good for rapid heat transfer, and the salt is there to melt the ice more rapidly, absorbing the heat from your foot as the latent heat of the phase-change from ice to water is accelerated.

    Edit: Use a plastic pail, not a metal one, so the melting ice will derive its heat from you, not from the surrounding air.
     
  16. Jul 27, 2007 #15

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    Er, how is he supposed to ice his foot with the boot stuck on? I suppose he could pour ice-cold water down into the boot, then elevate for a while, then more water, then elevate for a while. Except the part where the ice water runs back up the pants leg doesn't sound like much fun....
     
  17. Jul 27, 2007 #16

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    With the water, ice and salt, the cold should be enough to penetrate the boot. I know in the winter even with waterproof insulated boots and socks, my toes still turn blue after awhile.
     
  18. Jul 27, 2007 #17

    wolram

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    I will give it a try, my boots cost me £55 so the last thing i want to do is ruin them.
     
  19. Jul 27, 2007 #18

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    :rolleyes: just poor in a lot of melted butter and dishwashing soap and you'll have the boot off in no time

    o:)
     
  20. Jul 27, 2007 #19

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    Leave out the soap and use garlic butter, Woolie! Then you can use your boot to bake escargots in afterward. If your feet are stinky enough, the boot may impart a hint of truffle flavor to the snails. :yuck:
     
  21. Jul 27, 2007 #20

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    Go with hypatia's advice. Lie down and raise your leg above the body. It sounds like swelling of the leg.

    Maybe take some aspirin to dilate the blood vessels. A shot of scotch would be good too! :biggrin:

    Don't you have a neighbor or friend you could call for assistance? Of course, they would have to be a really good friend.
     
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