Re: Stubborn husband -- crushed big toe
I would absolutely recommend going to get an x-ray. I also had the same thoughts as your husband and some of the people who posted here saying there is nothing to be done with a broken toe. In hindsight, that was the absolute, single worst decision I have ever made in my life. The multiple surgeries, the complications, the things that I can't do now, I regret on a daily basis.
When I was 15, I smashed my big toe against a soccer ball. I did not drop something on it like your husband did, but regardless, he and I suffered a traumatic injury. At 15, I thought that there was nothing to be done; I just jammed it real bad and needed to give it some time. Fast forward 15 years; now I am 30 and finally go to see a doctor because my toe hurts so bad. Turns out that I completely smashed the joint of my big toe and my toe started to fuse that joint in place on it's own with a huge hump of bone.
Since that intial doctor visit, I have had 3 surgeries, a pin placed in my toe, a joint implant put in place, joint implant removed, bone taken off my hip to fill in the joint, and a plate and 9 screws. My big toe on my right foot is completely rigid now, and while I am pain free at the moment, there are some activities that I cannot do because I cannot bend my big toe anymore. It's fused together and held in place with a plate.
All of this could have been avoided had I gone to a doctor and gotten an x-ray. Please, please, please, I implore your husband to go and get an x-ray. What's the worst that could happen if he does? I can tell you the worst that can happen if he doesn't becuase I am living it to this day. Everything I went through could have been avoided had I gotten it taken care of.
Good luck. It's not easy to talk other people into getting their health problems taken care of. I am living proof and regret my decision to this day. Anything I can offer to help prevent others from going down this path is something I take very seriously. If you would like to contact me privately, I would be happy to talk with you or your husband. I can show him x-rays and photos that would make his stomach turn.