Has anyone heard of mild toe bang actually going away with several days' rest and lots of ice?
I'm down under in the New Zealand winter, trying my hardest to ski. Due to boot problems (and attempts to solve same) my poor right big toe has been rather unhappy this season. It's been crammed into way too little space at times AND also, at others, floated around in boots that were just a little too big for my feet. Toe bang has been coming on very gradually over the past three weeks; I thought I had got the boot problem sufficiently solved before it got too bad, but two days ago I was unable to click into my bindings without excruciating pain.
I came home and put holes in the nail and got a reasonable amount of clear liquid out of the first hole (none out of the rest, in a different area of the nail). Iced the sucker real good for the remainder of the day. Next day (yesterday) I put on super-thin socks and very gingerly got back into the boot. To my surprise, I was able to ski, but not what you would call enjoyably -- I couldn't relax and my stance was terrible, so I gave it away again. In the afternoon I went to the doctor, who was fully booked so I saw the nurse instead, who, rather "interestingly", opined that what I actually have is an infection! She has me on antibiotics and wants me to soak the foot in hot-hot water and baking soda. I'm prepared to take the drugs but there is no way I'm prepared to raise the pressure in that toe. I've continued icing it for say 30-60 minutes at a time, stopping if the cold-pain gets too intense, several times a day.
Comparing the two toenails, there is not that much difference between them. The "banged" nail is ever-so-slightly darker in colour than the "good" one, and if I press on it or push the toe into the floor there is some pain, but not a whole hell of a lot. This is very different from how it was last year, before I had to have it removed (due to skiing in packed-out liners). It was much darker and the pain was much more intense.
So again, the question is: has anyone heard of mild toe bang actually going away, or am I wasting my time resting up and icing it? How likely is it that after say a week of rest and ice (there's a storm front coming) I will find that the toe bang is just as bad and I should have had the nail removed this week?
I really would like to avoid having it removed again -- that would make it the fourth time this particular nail has come off (twice naturally and twice surgically), and I don't want to risk it regrowing thicker and/or curving upwards. I have a friend who has this condition now and she's forced to ski in beginner boots because otherwise the pain is too bad! On the other hand, if I'm likely to end up having it taken off again anyway, I may as well just get on with it and start the recovery process sooner than later.
TIA for opinions and experiences