I'm hoping you all might be able to help me with a couple of questions. I'm a nursing student who has a husband who sustained a crush injury to his foot last Nov. His foot was crushed by an industrial (huge) forklift. He had dislocations and crushed bones from his first through fifth metatarsals. He also fractured and dislocated his navicular and cuniform bones. He was in an external fixator for nearly 4 months. Obviously, it's going to take a long time for a "complete" healing to take place. His bones are straight and in good alignment. My question is, his foot still gets really swollen and nasty looking at the end of every day. He is starting to feel more pain in the foot at the end of the day than he was. He feels burning sensations and just quirky little aches and pains all the time. I realize that there is major work going on with his nerves, but do you know typically how long one suffers with pain after an injury like this? Is there anything I can do to help him get some relief? He went to see the doc by himself last time and being the man that he is (no offense to the men in the house), he didn't ask ANY questions. UGH!! He's stressed out at the possibility of losing his job altogether. I just want to help him be as comfortable as possible. I'm sorry this is sooooo long. Thanks in advance for any input you might have.