pain in middle broken toe after three months, MRI shows non-union
(lottridge, OH USA)
Experienced a really huge "toe-jam" on a piece of furniture 3+ months ago. First podiatrist kept telling me it was a broken toe, and that the (extremely) pain was to be expected, but I have a really high pain tolerance. After several months, went to 2nd opinion, ultimately had MRI due to continued pain. Just told that it was a non-union break right at the break line next to the foot. We are going to see what kind of coverage I have for the stimulator device...my concern is that this is a hint of things to come as I am trying to tolerate osteopenia medication therapy, and this is the first broken bone in my 57 years. Should I be doing anything else? I'd prefer non-invasive, but do not want to miss out on a healing "window" and mess up my foot/gait etc for the remaining years I hope to be around.
Without being able to see your MRI or x-ray I do not know the degree of fracture so I cannot comment on your prognosis.
However, I do like bone stimalators, I have had a lot of success with them over the years.
If the stimulator does not work, or your insurance does not cover it then you may be faced with surgery in an effort to get the toe to stop hurting.
With proper treatment you should be able to resume your active lifestyle.
Marc Mitnick DPM