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my husband is a roofer his big toe under pounds of shingles, was pushed backwards, is very tender, black and blue, not broken what can stop the pain?

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Dr. Louise Andrew
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Release of blood: If he is having throbbing pain, there is probably a broken vessel that is pumping blood under the toenail that is still a closed space. Nothing will help the pain but removing the blood. In the ED they might do this with a red hot heated paper clip applied to the nail JUST until the blood starts rushing out, which gives immediate relief. In the meantime, apply cold to reduce the bleeding.
Answered on Jun 29, 2016
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Dr. Scott Keith
44 years experience Podiatry
Rice it.: Check that he can still move his toe. There is probably some extensive soft tissue injury to the bottom of the toe. You need to use the RICE protocol. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The idea is to stop or slow the swelling. The ice and elevation will help. Try some OTC pain relievers to help. See a specialist if the condition does not improve or if he is unable to flex his big toe.
Answered on Jul 1, 2016

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