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I'm Dr Palmer, has this toe been infected before? You just noticed this today>
Is there a wound on the toe that is leaking pus? If you can submit a picture that would be helpful, but if you have a foot infection then you should be evaluated as it is likely you will need IV or at the least, oral antibiotics.
Yes very lucky. I'm glad you went to the ER. Keep an eye on it closely. You need a podiatrist if you do not have one. That is very important.
Keep from applying too much pressure. Also, a podiatrist can help with proper footwear recommendations. You certainly need to control sugars as well, this makes a big difference in healing. Sugars over 180 cause dysfunction of your white blood cells to help kill bacteria and heal the area.
Did they give you something like Keflex and Doxycyclin, or augmentin? Just curious. They need to cover for staph and strep as well as community acquired MRSA.