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A 40-year-old female asked about a 18-year-old male:

how to identify a broken toe?bounced his little toe about 4hours ago, its swollen numb and painful, there's a slit between the crease joining footbottom

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Need an xray: Best way to identify is with an xray.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Bruising ; swelling: Usually with a break, there is bleeding from the bone which leads to swelling and bruising to the toe and surrounding area. This is not always the case, but when i see this, i always take an x-ray to see. There is some degree of pain when the toe is moved at the site of the injury.

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Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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