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I cut my leg on a piece of galv. metal on the outside of my

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I cut my leg on a piece of galv. metal on the outside of my left calf mussel bad enough in the heat I couldn't get it to stop bleeding except direct tide pressure. after 8 hours I got home washed it bandaged it and put up above my heart. The next day it was acceptable but later on it started to swell so I began icing it . Anyway it been three weeks swelling is gone finally but two locations on that leg that have been hit by something are tender. Now this morning after a hard day at work the top of my arch (one of the points that were hit)n is hurting bad enough I can hardly walk. Please give me some advice on what to do. I do not have insurance
Hi. Dr Rick here. I completed an Internal medicine internship in NYC and have two decades of clinical experience. How can I assist you today?
Is there any new swelling?
Any areas of numbness?
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

not at this moment. and no numbness

It is really hard to tell what is going on without a physical exam :(
It might be that a nerve was damaged in the area of the laceration and is now trapped in the scar tissue and causing referred pain. Or you might have broken a bone in the arch of your foot.
I'm sorry to say this but I think your best course of action is to see a doctor, perhaps a podiatrist, in person for a good exam. You sure don't want to end up with a permanent problem walking....
Does this make sense to you?
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

it makes since but from the cut to the tips of my toes swelled. I think from a slight infection. Would the infection have something to do with the tenderness even after the swelling is gone?

If there were an ongoing infection I think you would still have swelling and other significant must be something else.
If I were in your shoes (no pun intended :), I would see a doc.
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