Possible broken toe and pulled ligaments
We had recently raised the puppy gate a few inches since our little pup can now jump it. Thinking I had raised my foot high enough, I walked into the room. Apparently I didn’t raise it high enough and slammed my left foot into the gate very hard. The entire front of my foot bent forward, more so on the end of the foot. My fourth toe and pinky took the brunt of the force and bent forward and touched the bottom of my foot.
At first I thought I just scraped it and slightly jammed it. Tears uncontrollably poored from my eyes and I assumed the pain would subside in a few minutes like any other time I have kicked the couch or end table. But it didn’t. The pain escalated and my fourth toe immediately swelled…but no bruising. So, I went about my day thinking it was jammed.
The next day I awoke to a toe nearly 3x its normal size and now bruised. I don’t bruise easily, so when I do, I know it is bad.
It is now day four and it is still bruised, very crooked and the ball of my foot beneath the fourth toe is throbbing to the point of nausea. I can put weight on it, but moving it side to side kills and when I bend my toes forward, the fourth toe sticks straight out and only the upper knuckle slightly bends. I also get random shots of pain that run through the toe and the
foot for no reason. I am icing and elevating, but only once to twice a day.
I understand I should go to the doctor and I do have insurance, but I don’t have the time to go to 4 different locations just to get x-rays and have them just tape it….I can do that myself. I did break that foot about 8 years ago and never had it set…no insurance at that time so I self-treated with icing, and cruthces for 3 weeks.
Why is the ball hurting so badly? Nerves? Bruised?
Unfortunately, the only way to get a clear diagnosis of what is causing you so much pain is to get an xray. Perhaps you can call your doctor's office and have them authorize an xray without you actually going to the office, I know I would do that for one of my patients if it was difficult to get in to see me.
Without an xray you are just basically guessing what is going on with your foot. If you had the type of pain that actually made you nauseous then its obvious you did a fair amount of damage. Whether the source is due to a break in one of the bones, or a strained ligament or some other source of foot pain I have no way of knowing.
Four days and still in pain? Go get an xray.
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