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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
Ball of foot pain.
I jumped onto a glass bottle,and cut my foot as it smashed. There was alot of blood but the cut was tiny. The next day i could hardly weight bear and alot of my foot was bruised, I couldn't go to a & e as I had to go to work. 3 days on my little toe started to look bruised and the pain in the ball of my foot was still there. I suspected glass was still in my foot so I soaked in epsom salts and i found tiny fragments of glass coming out. I have left it to heal for 5 weeks but still have alot of pain in the ball of my foot, I can't bend my 4th little toe as easy as my others the same toe that was bruised. I have been to the doctors today and she sent me for an x-ray. The x-ray showed that I have no glass left in the foot but bone growth where the impact happened? They said it usually takes months for this to develop and there is nothing they can do but send the report off to my doctor. Is this normal?RESPONSE
No, this is not normal. If you had a simple cut and all the glass was gone, then five weeks down the road I would assume your foot would be healed and it is not.
There are a couple of issues here. First of all, an x-ray will not always show glass fragments particularly if the glass does not have any lead in it. What you really need is an ultrasound which is far better as picking up glass fragments.
The thing that really bothers me about your narrative is your statement that you have bone growth where the accident occurred. What that means to me is the possibility that you have a bone infection also known as osteomyelitis. I do not know what other kind of "bone growth" you could possibly have as a result of stepping on glass.
I would suggest you see a foot specialist or any doctor who is familiar with foot trauma as five weeks is too long for this to still be going on and based on your story it actually sounds like it is getting worse.
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