Why is the rum gone?
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Because it's numb, you need to go have it checked out as soon as you can. Numbness and being able to see a bone displaced aren't good signs. Honestly, if I had that happen to me and I had numbness and saw a bone sticking up, I'd have my butt in the ER immediately. Your big toe and its bones are a major part of your foot, so I wouldn't play around with this. I'm recovering from a broken leg, and breaking any bone hurts like hell- but it needs to be taken care of by a doctor.
As for how to tell if it's broken, sometimes you can and sometimes you can't. Seeing a bone sticking up isn't good, though. The only way to really tell for sure is an x-ray. I've had people walk a couple miles on a broken ankle before. It's definitely possible to walk with broken bones. Course, if you're in a lot of pain, having numbness, and you can see a bone sticking up, it's almost definitely broken and you need a doctor. Not to harp on it, but improperly healed bones can leave you crippled. I learned far more than I wanted to about that after I broke my leg.
And an x-ray isn't too bad of a thing to have done. Best case, they take pics and you go home with an ice pack. Worst case, it's broken, but then you can get it taken care of and don't wind up with a permanent limp or permanent damage to your foot.