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I was running in my minimalist shoes (Vibrams) and stepped on a rock, right on the ball of my left big toe. I am male, 40, 190 lbs and it was painful. This was Memorial Day weekend 2011. It bruised and was swollen, but after a week that was all gone. What I have been left with is a small lump on the ball of my foot that won't go away. I've been a podiatrist and had x-rays that didn't show a sesamoid fracture (at least he couldn't see one). He recommended a Darco boot worn as much as possible, two Aleve twice a day, and 15min of icing twice a day. I did that for three weeks, although I did miss some treatments. I went back and he said he felt a little progress. I'm in the boot for another two weeks, and I've been treating it on schedule to the letter. I have another week with it before I go back again. I can walk on it, and it feels fine to bend the toe up or down through normal motions. The only time I feel any discomfort is when I really press down on it while barefoot on a hard surface like tile, concrete or wood flooring. What could I have done, and what are my true options? I am not considering cortisone or surgery, as there is little to no pain.
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Michael D. Ebeling
Tampa, Florida 33624
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Mansfield Ctr, CT
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Pacific Grove, CA
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