I've been a reader of your blog for a while now, just wanted to
thank you for putting all of this info out there, it is extremely
So I'm hoping to get some feedback about a recent toe injury. About me:
I've been an avid tennis player for a few years (play 3-4 times a week)
and am currently 38.
About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that after playing my left big toe felt a
little tender, but the next day the tenderness was gone. Then a few days
later I played again and this time after playing this feeling came back
but was worse, in addition to feeling tender now I noticed that there
was some swelling/aching. When I pushed off on the left foot it was
even a little painful. Not acute, just sort of a dull ache feeling. Well
this time the swelling didn't go away. So I scheduled an appointment
with my doctor (podiatrist) and he did some poking and prodding and
said it seemed ok, that I should just rest. He even took some x-rays
(from the top of the foot) and said nothing was broken, that the sesamoids
were fine and the joint looked good, that I should just rest.
So for the past 1.5 weeks I haven't played tennis, I've just done swimming
and biking (biking I put the middle of my foot on the pedal so most of
the weight is near my arch). I've also been icing 2-3 times a day and
really trying to immobilize the joint. The problem, is that the swelling /
tender feeling hasn't subsided. Not at all. I especially notice an issue
when I put weight on the ball of my foot, it's not painful, but it feels
really tender. It is even more obvious if I go up on my toes. My toe
joint doesn't feel stiff, there is no bruising and I appear to have full
range of motion. If I sit down and move the toe up and down without
weight on it, no pain at all.
So given these symptoms, do you have any hunches about what the issue
might be? Aside from continuing to ice and keep the joint immobile, is
there anything else I can do? (I'm spica taping but that doesn't seem
to help much).