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  • Posted By: skibumus
  • February 20, 2007
  • 03:05 AM

Back in February of last year I fell of a ladder and landed on my big toe. Apparently I fractured it and didn't know it - thought it was just sprained. When I went to see the doctor he said the fracture healed (fracture on the cunieform bone) but I had a fragment loose and I can have surgery to remove it if I wanted. So of course I did since I was in pain. So he did the surgery and found that there were 2 fragments floating around. So okay that was back in October and it is now the end of February and I am still in pain. He said it should take four months to heal. So now after four months after the surgery I felt good so I started to run and apparently that was a bad idea. So, I went back to the doctor for toe pain last month and he said I have capsulities in the big toe. So okay he gave me Reflan for a month and no running and that seemed to work until a week before I finished the medicine. So I am going back again on March 2 to see what is really wrong. I work in retail so I am constantly on my feet everyday so this has been really hard. Especially for a Management position.

Here are my symptoms if someone can give me some clue to help me out a little - He said I might have arthritis so maybe that is all I am feeling but it doesn't feel like that. I have no swelling so that is why it is so hard for me to fiqure out what is wrong. I have stabbing pain in my toe joint area with a achy feeling and when I stand on it, sometimes it will give out on me . But along with the toe pain it seems to radiate up my leg near my lower right abdomen. So my leg gets crampy and achy. And my muscles in my foot seem to be sore still. If I flex it it will cramp up and become stiff.

I tried to look for my symtoms and I found two things that it could be but questionable - bone infection or dvt (which it can't be since there is no swelling or heat) Sorry if this was long but I thought you might need to know all that. Please let me know if if anyone knows what could be wrong.

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  • You might have a lower back problem. This can pinch the nerves and send pain down the leg. If you compensate for this (subconsciously) you could be aggrevating your foot. You should mention this possibiliy to your doctor and that you spend a lot of time on your feet. You could of course still be having problems from your foot injury so you shouldn't neglect this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 04:16 PM
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  • I have been doing a little research and might have found something. Femoral and Saphenous Neuropathy seems very close to my symptoms. Because the pain comes and goes. I do remember after the surgery my foot was VERY VERY COLD when I was waking up in the surgery room - I said it to the doc and he said it was normal. Could this have cause a nerve damage up my leg?
    skibumus 5 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 06:00 AM
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  • I imagine any damage would have been more likely to have been caused by the trauma of the accident. It is quite tricky to track down the root of a nerve problem because there are so many connections and you can get displaced pain, etc. For instance, a pain in your elbow can sometimes originate from your back. I think you would really need to see a specialist in this area to find out what might be wrong. Let us know what you find though.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 00:32 PM
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  • I went to the Podiatrist today and he couldn't find anything wrong. He did say I should go to the Physical Therapist and they would use Ultrasound to work the kinks out. If that doesn't work out he said I should see an Orthopic doc. But I will let you know how it goes.
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  • neuropathy and/or diffuse osteoporosis. get an mri and a triple phase bone scan if mri result suggest it. compare xrays taken now to orginal xrays to check for signs of bones losing density.
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  • sounds like foot cancer.
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  • Well, today I went to the PT and she did light therapy and some stretches. It really hurt when she put pressure on top of my thigh. And it hurts when I stand up and twist to the right. She thinks it is either sore from limping from the surgery or one of my legs is shorter than the other. She has me comming two other times next week for the same therapy. After the first session it doesn't feel like anything worked but it hurts a little worse than when I first came in.
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