If it ain't broke, how do i fix it?
September 5, 2010 10:13 PM Subscribe
YANMP -- Is my baby toe broken? What else could be wrong with it -- and what can I do?
posted by custard heart to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
About a month ago, I smashed by baby toe into the banister and oh, it hurt like hell. But, I had to keep walking around on it, as I know there's not much you can do for broken toes. ( I had one when i was younger, it healed fine). But now, here we are a month later and it's still swollen and hurts when anything presses against the side in a certain way. There's kind of a weird bump and it hurts like the dickens when I press right on it -- sort of hard, mind you, it's not sensitive if you just touch it, but something is definitely wrong. I don't want to drag myself to a doctor if there's nothing that can be done about it except wait, but as I have to keep walking around on it if there is something I can do I'll be wanting to know.
Before you answer "it hurts when i do this" with "then stop doing it", my job requires me to wear high heels. My toe gets bumped from a specific action I have to do maybe four times a night, and it usually doesn't hurt when I wear the shoes or before I do the action, but it hurts after (a lot) only while pressed on (the shoes put pressure on it which can be uncomfortable, but I don't think that's doing any damage. just maybe preventing it from healing?) I could probably hold off or be really careful for a month or so but if it's not going to go away without treatment, I'd rather know now than wait.
So, mefi podiatrists, what could be wrong? it doesn't seem like a degenerative joint thing since the other is fine and it happened exactly when I smashed it. On the other hand, it doesn't feel broken, since i can walk around in tennis shoes just fine. Did i chip the bone? is it a bunion or some other condition with an equally old-timey, funny sounding name? Or should I just get myself to a doctor and get an x-ray?