I wonder if it could be gout?
I remember cartoons about guys with gout.
Just the drawings, not the captions.
There was always some old rich guy sitting in a big chair, swollen foot resting on a hassock, big toe bandaged.
Some starving young artist or writer or other supplicant begging him for money.
We've come a long way if someone with an income as low as mine can develop gout.
Well, maybe it is only out of joint.
Maybe I need a toe chiropractor.