* Warning - this post is a little gross!
So, I've been sidelined a little bit. You see, I have this crazy toe on my right foot that always bothers me after I run. It is always sore to the touch after I run and is usually some shade of black and blue. After my 18 mile run last week my toe was super sore. Then, on Friday, I was walking behind my son when he stopped short in front of me. I was wearing flip flops and somehow, my toenail got stuck on the back of his shoe and got pulled off a little bit. OMG...I have never felt pain like that before! It immediately started bleeding and I quickly put a band aid on it to help control the bleeding. Friday night, my toe swelled up quite a bit and was throbbing with pain. I took some Ibuprofen and was able to control the pain a little bit.
Fast forward to today. This is what my toe looks like now.
It is totally swollen and there is so much pressure behind the nail and on the nail bed. Every once in awhile it oozes, which is really gross. It hurts ALL of the time whether I am standing, walking, or sitting on the couch with my feet rested on a pillow.
I asked my husband what he would do if a patient with my toe problem came to see him. He basically said that I have two options. 1) Leave it be and let the nail fall off naturally, which it definitely will do eventually, but who knows how long it will take. However, there is a risk of infection, and there is a chance that it could get caught on something again and ripped off. OR 2) Numb the toe and have the nail removed. This will stop the pressure and the swelling. We actually have all the stuff needed to do this at our house, so my husband could do it tomorrow if I wanted. But, I'm scared.
Here is where I need your help and opinions! What would you do? What should I do?
Which choice do you think would have the fastest healing time? Have any of you been in a similar situation?
I am kind of freaking out because I know I will not be able to run long with this toe problem and my marathon is in 3 weeks! I actually tried to run on it today and it was extremely painful. And, because I was trying to avoid the toe pain, it was changing my running form which started hurting my left knee. Ugh!!
HELP!! What should I do???