About 6 months ago i was playing basketball whan my bare right big toe was badly hit with an oppositions shoe. It hurt like hell at first (swollen) then slowly faded as time went by. Recently i kicked a football with the same toe stupidly with no shoes on and it aggrevated the injury. I really don't want to take substantial time off sport at this key development time beacuse it seems minor after the incident but you can usually feel it as your casually walking.
Is the only solution to wise up, (wear some boots) and take a long break, beacuse it doesn't seem to be enough time for it to heal.
Could i do even more damage if i don't?
I think you've answered your own question here. Rest is important, however, I would first assess you thoroughly and order some x-rays if I felt it was needed to ascertain an accurate diagnosis. Following this a specific management plan can be devised which may mean, depending on the results of your x-rays and physical examination, little or no time off sport.
Many taping, padding, strapping techniques, shoe inserts and shoe modifications enable Podiatrists to get you back playing sport very quickly.
See your Podiatrist.
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