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Unverifiable toe pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 29, 2010
  • 06:46 AM


I've been experiencing severe toe pain from about the middle of December. At first pain was quite mild and generally in the ball of my foot. Within a few days, I was completely unable to walk due to unbearable pain mostly in the second toe and my entire foot swelled up. Upon examination, one physician said it was a neuroma and prescribed ice, rest, and Naprosyn. As the pain continued to get worse, I went to see a specialist who could not determine either what it was. An xray showed I had no fracture, and the MRI showed I had tendonitis in the second toe. This would be a plausible explanation except I had been sitting and hadn't been exercising for most of the previous month due to an unrelated injury. I then went to an infectious disease specialist who determined that it might actually be an infection, namely cellulitis in the second toe, and prescribed me Bactrim. Within 24 hours the swelling went down in the foot itself but the swelling in the toe remained. Blood cultures were also taken and were returned normal.

After having taken the antibiotic for nearly 2 weeks now, basically no progress has been made. The toe is still extremely swollen and painful to stand/walk on. There is discoloration ranging from red to a bruised purplish color only at the base of the toe. Sensation is completely normal in all other toes but significantly diminished in the second one. Any ideas what it may be?

Thank you in advance!

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