acute injury - 3 weeks now and concerned about symptoms

Three weeks ago, I tripped and broke my second toe, which cannot bend. The soft tissues surrounding the toe - both in the metatarsal region and in the balls of the foot - were incredibly swollen at first. The swelling has decreased steadily, and the bruising is now faint. However, I still cannot bend the toe, and I get intermittent numbness and tingling in the toe and part of the metatarsal area. Is this normal healing progression?

I do not have health insurance or much money, so I am very concerned as to how to treat this. I am using crutches right now - no weight bearing. I can limp along if need be, but then the foot turns darker in color and swells up. It just irritates it.

Also, when I put my foot flat on the floor, the second toe sticks straight out and does not touch like the others do. I think this is due to the swelling, since it has steadily lowered closer to normal position as the swelling decreases.

Any of this sound bizarre? I thought maybe I had some sprains or something, too ...

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