I stood up to walk off on Monday evening and stood barefoot on the back of a leather shoe, pain was awful. Now the ball, joint bit just under my big toe is swollen and painful and black and has been since Monday. I find myself walking slightly on the side of my foot to not put weight down on it and I can only do this when I have a shoe on, without a shoe on I can't put any weight on my foot at all. Do you think its just bruised and I should wait it out or should I bother getting an xray. I just don't fancy a 5 or 6 hour wait in casualty for nothing.