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QUESTION: Dear sir/mam,
during a soccer game, someone wearing studs stepped on my main toe in the middle part (between the two joints). there was very little swelling but it hurts a lot when i lightly press it.also, there is no injury in the joint as such but it makes a sound of "tic" when exercising.
What should i do and when shall i continue playing?
Thanks for the help.
(x-ray in the pic is not mine)
regards,
aditya

ANSWER: Aditya,

From the sounds of your injury, you likely have a small fracture in that toe or a sprain in the area. I would recomend if the injury persist, go see a doctor to get an xray. In the mean time I would suggest the following:

Ice the toe, 20 min on 20 min off
A supportive shoe, preferably with a stiff sole as to prevent to much motion
Ibuprofen (if you are able, and have no allergies/stomach problems)

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Dr. Leslie Johnston, DPM

Tampa, FL
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QUESTION: Thanks for the reply
now that around 4 days have passed, i am able to run easily. i feel no difficulty doing so. but still it pains when i press it. there is no swelling as such i feel some clot over there... i have heard that the cracking sound produced by the joints after injury is bad ... can u please tell me smth about it?

thanking you,
aditya

Answer
Aditya, "cracking" or "popping" in a joint can be a finding of arthritis that has developed in a previously injured joint.  This type of arthris is called "post traumatic arthritis."  If you have noticed that the symptoms have not resolved, then you should see a podiatrist so appropriate xrays can be performed to rule out fracture or post traumatic arthritis.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leslie Johnston, DPM

Tampa, FL
Advanced Podiatry

http://www.thetampapodiatrist.com
http://tampafootandanklepain.blogspot.com/
http://www.tampacryosurgery.com
http://katzpodiatristtampa.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/TampaPodiatrist
http://www.notoenailfungus.com
http://www.vibranttampatoenails.com  
Advanced Podiatry Facebook Page
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any podiatry related question. bunions, hammertoes, arthritis in foot and ankle, lumps and bumps, foot pain, ankle pain, neuromas, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot care, ulcers, neuropathy, charcot, ankle replacements, trauma, sports medicine, Achilles injuries, ankle sprains ect.

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Currently working as an Associate for Advanced Podiatry in Tampa, FL. Finished 3 year surgical residency with additional certification in rearfoot and ankle reconstruction. Worked in wound care clinic at Veteran's Hospital using advance wound care techniques.

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DPM degree earned from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine 2005-2009 completed 3 year podiatric medical and surgical residency training at James A. Haley VA 2009-2012. Board qualified status for American Board of Podiatric Surgeons in foot and rearfoot and ankle surgery 2012.

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1st runner up in Resident case presentations at annual Science and Management Symposium 2012 Who's who among colleges and universities 2009

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