I was afraid I had broken my toe. But it didn't swell noticeably, and wasn't that bad... Five or so years ago, I went to a podiatrist who said I had arthritis in it, and it wouldn't get better, i.e., less painful. He was right about the pain part, it has always hurt. What is really odd is that it doesn't hurt when I run. After a run, yes. Laying in bed, on my back, with
So, I went to a new podiatrist. Bad news: it is now advanced arthritis. Hallux Rigidus. And it hasn't gotten better; in fact, I now have less than 10% flexion in the joint. And there was swelling, probably caused by my gym accident. The only real solution is to have fusion surgery, which involves opening up the toe and basically joining the toe joint and letting the bone grow so that the joint is rigid. There is no functional loss (because the joint has no flexion now), running will be fine, and pain gone. After all, I have less than 10% flexion now.