About 6 weeks ago, I posted that I had broken my big right toe. 2 weeks later after seeing a local podiatrist, I was told it was not broken but I had a nasty infection. The doctor did NOT do an x-ray but used the industries tool of a tuning-fork. Get the tuning-folk humming, put it on top of the suspected to. If it was broken, the patient would jump and scream. I did neither, therefore, in their mind, no break!
The toe still wasnt getting any better, this week I had my normal 5week appointment with my physiatrist. She had me take my sock off and she said, You need an x-ray now! She explained that because of all the nerve damage and neuropathy I have in my right leg and foot/toe, I would never feel the vibrations from the tuning fork. I went for the x-ray and the toe was broken. Its a intra-articular type of fracture. I then went to a podiatrist that my doctor friend recommended.
This doctor told me about the break, but since I have so much arthritis in my foot, its hard to tell were the fracture begins and arthritis ends. He gave me a cortisone injection and is giving me two weeks to see how it feels. If there is no improvement, he wants to do Toe surgery! Fuse the break and scrap off what he can.
Guess my days of being a professional football player are out the tube now with a damaged big toe!
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences