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A 57-year-old member asked:

I have a badly bruised toe. how do i treat it?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine 47 years experience
Refer to answer: Keep toe clean. Tape it to adjacent toe to keep it from moving too much. Most suspected bruised toes also are broken. To make sure see your dr.
Dr. Mathew John
Podiatry 24 years experience
Xray: You should get an xray to rule out a fracture if there was trauma involved. Ice and elevation of the foot will help with symptoms.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
If a fracture is present and not diagnosed it could lead to a non-union or mal-union with deformity or possible impaired function
Mar 11, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Assuming it is : Not broken, ice it. Avoid tight shoes and when walking lift up your foot rather than push off of it when you are propulsing.

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Last updated Jan 5, 2021


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