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how do you know if pinky toe is broken or just bruised

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
44 years experience Dermatology
Xray: The only way to know for sure is to get your foot xrayed.
Dr. Bryan Reuss
21 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
An XRAY: An xray is truly the only way.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
44 years experience Dermatology
Xray: Only your radiologist knows for sure.
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
History/exam first: Bruised or broken pinkie toe is managed same...No casting needed--buddy taping may help. If you had significant trauma, then chance of frracture. If y ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Medical evaluation: Med eval combined with x-ray will show if you have a fracture. You can see an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist.
Dr. Payam Rafat
22 years experience Podiatry
Have it evaluated.: Pain, swelling, and bruising are signs of a possible fractured or sprained toe. Have it evaluated and x-rayed.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joe Griffin
16 years experience Podiatry
Ouch!: You could have fractured the toe! apply an ice pack to the area, elevate the foot, and possibly buddy splint the little toe the the adjacent toe (if ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
28 years experience Podiatry
Get it x-rayed: see if its broken. I was never one for buddy taping. I prefer just to wrap the injured toe.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
10 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Fracture?: May have broken a bone particularly if you have diabetes. Boot or cast may be necessary. Recommend having it looked at by your doctor.
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A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Could be fracture: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and an x-ray of the affected toe. It is possile that you had a frature of a b ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Valencia
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Fracture: With any type of trauma, there is always a risk of incurring fracture. Fractures typically present with swelling, redness, and pain. If toe is not g ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
44 years experience Podiatry
Buddy taping.: As long as the stubbing has not left your toe with some obscene angular deformity, either up/down or right/ left, your toe will probably do just fine ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
38 years experience Podiatry
I would : Get it checked. Sounds like a fracture but if its displaced it will need to be reduced. Most often the aren't displaced and can tape it to the next to ... Read More
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