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This or That: Busted Leg or Facial Damage?

You’re feeling pretty fabulous in your newest pair of (very) high heels out on a Friday night. They’re gorgeous, but the only problem is that you have to pay close attention to your every step; you’re still a bit wobbly in them. Making your way from the crosswalk onto the sidewalk, your ankle slips and you go down hard. Would it be worse if . . .

This: You break your ankle in the fall? You have to spend the next four to six weeks hobbling around on crutches until it’s all healed and you can't drive anywhere.


That: You land on the left side of your face, creating multiple black welts and some scratches? The doctor says you’ll be healed in 10 days, but until then half of your face is twice its normal size; everyone is going to notice.

Which is worse?


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Isista Isista 9 years
Definitely facial damage. That can go away. I can't stand not being able to walk and do stuff. A twisted ankle for two weeks almost made me go nuts because it was either crutches in a crowded school or a wheelchair.
Jeny Jeny 9 years
I've fallen and broken three bones in my ankle and it sure wasn't 4-6 weeks.. it was more like 2 months and I'll never run the same and have an arthritic ankle now and I'm only 25.. so facial damage it is.. that's why they make cover up!
dukegirl dukegirl 9 years
About three weeks ago, I broke my right foot in two places. I am in a cast, on crutches, and barely weight bearing. I have at least three more weeks of a cast and crutches, and then a boot and physical therapy. Right now, choosing one of these options--face or ankle--seems impossible! Woe is I!
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
wow i would rather break my ankle
lady-T lady-T 9 years
i'd prefer the face srcatches becuase it would heal in 10 days 4-6 weeks is too much on ctutches
Allyson-N-Jason Allyson-N-Jason 9 years
Yeah perhaps I am too vain here as well. I'd rather take time to heal my leg/ankle rather than possibly screwing up my face. I don't want any scars and permanent marks on my face or to have my face swell up to the size of a pillow. Totally not cool. I am thinking back on the times when I've had a couple of wisdom teeth removed. The recovery period was not a fun time. I looked completely like a chipmunk. Speaking of teeth, it's possible that you could lose a few teeth by falling onto your face hard. This happened to an aunt recently when she was out for a walk with a friend. This would -really- suck. We're adults so we aren't going to grow in any new teeth. You'll be going to the dentist looking into veneers and replacements. No thanks. Besides you can always do upper body work, while the legs are healing if you want to work out...and I can still show my face to people without having them shriek in absolute horror while running away madly.
lms lms 9 years
I am quite vain myself, but I would prefer to fall on my face than my ankle. It would be really annoying trying to get around on crutches for that long. However, since I don't work I could hide out in my house for the 10 days minus the time when I have to drop my daughter of at school or her activities.
serial serial 9 years
Ankle. A few extra weeks of inconvenience and sympathy from others isn't too bad compared to having your face look like shit for even a few days.
Random2 Random2 9 years
Busting my leg. The weather's nice here (wasn't so nice at home) and all I really want to do is be outside.
missceego0711 missceego0711 9 years
i rather fall on my face. I stand a lot at work and where I go to school is all hills so it would be hell if I was on crutches. I can deal with my face, I had surgery on my jaw and my face was swollen/bruised for about six weeks.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Call me vain, too, because I'll take the broken ankle. I love my face, and I've been told I have beautiful bone structure. I wear no make-up because I naturally have healthy color -- peaches and cream skin, full, pink lips. I would die if something happened to my face. I told you I was vain!! LOL Lying around with a broken ankle is no big in deal, in my opinion. Hubbie can wait on me hand and foot. LOL
emalove emalove 9 years
I think the ankle's worse...I've had a broken leg before and being on crutches for 6 weeks was NO fun. I'd just try to stay home as much possible for those 10 days that it would take my face to heal.
lindholmka lindholmka 9 years
I HATE crutches and I can just stay inside for 10 days if I REALLY didn't want people to see my family. Plus it's easy to explain, I fell...thats why my face is F'ed up... On crutches for 4 weeks! freakin way!
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
Call me vain, but I'd hate to fall and bust up my face. When I was younger, I had a horrible jell-o accident where I managed to douse half my face in boiling water (don't ask... yes I'm that clumsy). I was burned pretty severely and even had to wear phantom of the opera style bandages for a while. After it healed enough to take the bandages off, it was still pretty bad. Needless to say, kids were mean and I spent a lot of time hiding out in my room alone. Luckily I'm a good healer, but I'd be absolutely mortified if something were to happen to my face again. Broken ankle, please.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
Wow I thought I was the only one. Last year I fell and caught myself with my face. It was really, really bad. My daughter was hysterical when she saw me at first. I too looked like I got hit by a truck. I actually should have had stitches, but I don't like doctors or needles. I was out of work for a week and had a bandage on my nose for a week or two after. I still have scars on my face from it. two are kind of bad but doesn't seem to phase anyone but me?
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I've worked around an ankle ... can't be as bad as falling on my face because I've done that so much and hate the discomfort of not being able to chew properly, or anything happening to my eyes and sight. That's why I don't wear heels to begin with ... don't want to injure ANYTHING ... but I especially don't want to fall on my face. I'm already pron to weird rashes and breakouts ... and pink eye like every month. I don't like increasing my chances of pink eye by falling on my face.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Gross! These are getting kind of weird.
graldi19 graldi19 9 years
ankle would be worse for me... i'd go crazy not being able to walk easily or go to the gym for so long
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ankle is worse but the face...still stinks.
MissChita MissChita 9 years
Yeah I agree w/ everyone else. I could take a temporary messed up face for 10 days or less but my ankle broke? I have to actually sit on my butt for 4 to 6 weeks. No thanks!!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I agree that the ankle would be worse, I would go stir crazy if I couldn't work out at the gym, or walk or drive to pick up my children from school, just do my every day tasks. I'd be much better able to handle a badly bruised face for a few days, who cares if people stare, and if they ask about it, I'd simply tell them. no biggie.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I agree with everything that was said above. :)
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
I agree... I'd be a lard for not working out, and it would be fun making up things to tell people. Plus 10 days? some of that is the weekend and I could hole myself in my apartment.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
The ankle is worse. I can't survive without running. I'd go crazy--I can't even imagine going 4-6 weeks without a run. Besides, I can work at home, so I'd just stay inside until my face healed.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I fell in a really weird way a few weeks ago and half my face looked like I'd gotten hit by a truck for a while. I actually didn't mind it at all--I had a great time freaking people out telling them I'd been in a bar fight (on the winning end, of course!). Much rather be a bit banged up in the face than be on crutches for a month or more!
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