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On 3/5/10, I was practicing defense maneuvers with partner (not wearing shoes). The top of my foot made impact with his hip bone. I suffered immediate bruising in the metatarsal region and top of foot. Initial primary bruising was at the base of the 3rd toe. I was immediately unable to place weight on the ball of my foot. Significant bruising and swelling continued. I was able to walk on my heel for approximately 2 weeks. Went to the er on 3/19/10 - non-weight bearing x-ray showed no fractures. ER doctor diagnosed a severe contusion and told me to stay off it for a week. I have remained on crutches, with no use of foot since 3/19. Symptoms have worsened. Non-weight bearing x-ray was repeated on 4/9/10. Still no sign of fractures. I am unable to place any weight on any part of my foot. Swelling and bruising persists. Significant tenderness between large toe and second toe in metatarsal region. Foot is cold to touch. Pain and swelling is expanding to ankles. I can flex foot forward without significant pain. I can not pull foot toward me without significant pain in ball and arch area of foot (primarily in large toe area of foot). If foot is left down for 10 plus minutes, it turns blue. Last set of x-rays referenced hypodense lesion in the distal first metatarsal, and abnormality with sesamoid which appeared to be pre-existing. No acute fracture or dislocation has been identified with non-weight bearing x-rays. When I try to place weight on foot, I experience intense pain in ball and inside arch of foot.
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