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Sore Big Toe

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I've had a sore big toe on my left foot off and on since April. I did the Hard Charge, which was an obstacle course through the mud, etc. I noticed a week later that my toe hurt and assumed I stubbed it during one of the many obstacles.

I kept forgetting about it because it didn't hurt all the time, only when I kicked a chair or a dog stepped on my foot at work, etc. Then in June, I started noticing that I hadn't cut that toe's nail for a while.

In July, Jordan told me I need to go to the doctor, but of course I brushed him off. I took the nail polish off my toes, and surprise surprise, the nail was kinda yellow and had a brownish black bruised looking area under the nail. So I painted it back up and ignored it some more.

Then on Monday this week, my toe hurt all day at work, to the point I took some ibuprofen, which is unlike me. By Tuesday, it was still hurting and looked red and swollen, so I finally called my doctor.

I had my appointment today. Found out I have paronychia - basically a tender nail disease commonly caused by bacteria. I got some antibiotics and it should heal just fine. But that turned out to be a separate issue than the fungus. The doctor said the fungus was common in runners, but the treatment for it is 2-3 months long and can cause problems with the liver. Basically he said he wouldn't do the treatment unless things were a lot worse, and at that point he would probably remove the nail.

So the good news is the paronychia caused the acute pain and should be good to go in a week or so. The bad news is I'll have to keep dealing with the fungal infection. But since that isn't the source of my pain, I think I can handle that.

The doctor didn't specifically tell me to stop running, but I think I will rest my foot for a few days, at least until the pain goes away.

Sorry for the gross blog, but at least I have some answers!

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JANNEPERRY 8/20/2013 9:04PM

    My toe fungus never goes away because the environment is so ripe for growing!

Glad to hear you got the bacterial part under control and hopefully feeling much better soon!

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NATPLUMMER 8/18/2013 10:23PM


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    I never knew one could get a bacterial infection in toe nails!

Hope you're feeling better soon!

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KNYAGENYA 8/16/2013 11:14AM

    Yikes! I am glad you were able to get it looked at and given something to help it. I hope it gets better soon.

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BOILHAM 8/15/2013 7:28PM

    I've had a minor fungus infection on a toe for several years. Like you, I figure the 'cure' is worse than leaving it the way it is. No pain. I keep it dry as much as I can and it's no big deal. Good luck.

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SPERRIN2012 8/15/2013 5:15PM

    Yucky, I've had a sore left toe for ten years now but not all the time? I went to a podiatrist and had an x-ray done on the toe but there was nothing broken so I've just been living with it. I do believe that certain shoes make it worse than others. hope yours gets better soon.


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DEEASHAUB05 8/15/2013 5:11PM

  Glad to hear you got some answers. At least the running is only put off temporarily.

Hang in there.

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