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Toe Trauma Injury-still very painful after 2 years

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  • Posted By: aumakua
  • February 15, 2009
  • 02:29 AM

Two years ago I jammed my little toe on a wooden chair leg. The pain was extreme. The top of my foot turned black with bruising/hemotoma, there was a lot of swelling that went up to my knee at times, but especially collected in my ankle. I couldn't put any weight on it nor could I even let it hang below waist level because the pressure of the blood going to it hurt so badly. After 9 months it healed or at least I thought it did, all pain and swelling went away, I could walk normally and for long distances again...even jump around. I want to note that I did get several x-rays and all were negative for any bone fractures. I also got a negative result for blood clot in the leg.

Well a month later, getting into the tub, bam I hit it again....and the pain all came back, as did the swelling. Now it doesn't hurt to touch it...it's not a skin sensitivity thing...it's a deep pain in the joint area that if I stay off of it stops hurting, but if I put weight on it or move it around much there's a hot burning pain that feels like nerves.

I did get a mri which showed synovial fluid leakage around the joint. One dr. said it was significant amount one said the opposite. They seemed to think I had capsulitus, but that should have healed after 6-8 weeks they said.

Ok now it's been 2 years since the initial trauma, and I can wear flat soft shoes, but still limp and can't put weight on my foot for long before I feel that intense pain again, sometimes with a delayed reaction. It does seem like the duration of pain, if I don't overdo it last less time. But when I do walk/hobble a bit too much it can last a week. It's so depressing.

A few drs. said rds but I'm not convinced. My foot isn't cold and the skin is not sensitive and the pain is not constant, though the problem seems to be. I wonder am I still healing from the injury or has it progressed to something else?

Please help....I miss walking, dancing, shopping for my own groceries.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • For clarity, rds or rsds is reflexive sympathetic dystrophy syndrome.
    aumakua 4 Replies
    • February 15, 2009
    • 08:53 AM
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