I have a question regarding my big toe pain that I have been experiencing for the past 6 months. I injured it back in May from running (I’m a runner). I thought I just sprained it so I started icing and resting it but still ran a couple times a week.
After 2 months of it still bothering me, I went to see a podiatrist and she told me that I injured the ligaments in my big toe and that I needed to keep my big toe as flat as possible and do all that I could to not bend it so that it would heal. So I buddy taped it to the toe next to my big toe and limited my running and walking while icing and elevating. After 2 months of it still bothering me, I decided to take 4 weeks off from any type of running and walking and focus on it healing completely. So for 4 weeks I didn’t do any running and exercises that bent the the big toe back (lunges, jumping, etc.). After that 4 weeks, I started easing back in to walking and running and it still bothered me, but now I was beginning to see extreme redness on the top of my big toe joint (between the MTP & PIP joints).
I went to see a different podiatrist this time and he had me do blood work (for an infection & for possible gout), x-rays, and an MRI to see how the bones and ligaments were doing (all were negative, but the MRI showed ligament inflammation). He thinks I need to be wearing orthotics, which has me puzzled because I have never worn them nor has any of my previous podiatrists suggested that I needed them. He gave me some hard inserts to try out for 2 weeks to see how I would do and they seem to help in my walking and running a little bit but I am still seeing redness on the top of my big toe between the MTP joint and PIP joint, and both of these joints are sore. I’m at a loss because I don’t know what else to. It seems like I might have turf toe but my podiatrist hasn’t said it was. What do you think it is and what would you suggest that I do? I am still doing alot of icing of the joints.