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Black And Blue Big Toenail
Why is my big toenail black and blue at the cuticle? It hasn't changed in weeks and I can't recall any serious trauma to that area.
See a doctor: My concern here is whether this is a bruise or something else. If you can't recall any trauma or wearing tight shoes, perhaps this is not a bruise. Melanomas can arise under the nail. Please see a doctor for an examination. ...Read more
There is a blue/black spot under my big toenail and I don't know what it is. I removed my nail polish today and saw it, and am now very concerned.?
Photo documentation.: A black/ blue spot under the nail in a 16 year old is probably nothing more than a bit of dried blood trapped under the nail. This could be the consequence of a minor bump of the toe of a pressure injury. Without actually seeing it, I guess it could be something else, but I doubt it. To remove all concern, you might have a physician take a look at it. ...Read more
See a podiatrist: If you are runner, this is a common injury called "black toe syndrome" due to blood bruises under the nail plate. Other causes of black toenails are infections - either bacterial or fungal. Another cause may be from a fracture in the last bone of the toe. In any case, see a podiatrist who can examine and treat any of these conditions and recommend ways to prevent recurrence. ...Read more
Hematoma: Sounds like you traumatized your nail and blood is under it. Blood under the nail is called a subungual hematoma. ...Read more
Bruised...: They probably had some sort of trauma causing a bruise under the nail plate, most likely from rubbing in the shoes. This should grow out with time. ...Read more
Both big toenails discoloured, blue looking; right one particularly looks as though black streak in it. Slight pain but nothing major. What to do?
Microtrauma: It sounds like your toenails are hitting the end of your shoe. This usually happens if the toe box is either too small (toe is pressed up against the end) or too large (foot is sliding around and the toe is hitting the end). This is very common in runners--it can lead to either thickening of the nail, or it may eventually turn black and fall off--a new nail will grow in within a year. ...Read more
Not necessarily.: No doubt there has been trauma to the toe and the bruise is trapped under the nail. Depending on how extensive the bruise is and the pressure it may have caused will make a difference as to whether you'll loose the nail or if it will quiet down after proper first aid. ...Read more
How to get rid of blood clot under toenail after heavy object fell on it? Toenail is about 80% black and blue.
When a toe is traumatized by the nail, a small blood vessel underneath the nail can break and cause bleeding under the nail. Blood collects between the nail plate (the nail itself) and the nail bed (the soft tissue under the nail plate), and pressure from the blood can cause the nail plate to lift off the nail bed. The blood causes the discoloration, and the pressure causes pain.
In more severe injuries of this kind, the bleeding is such that it will lift the nail plate so much and to cause the nail to come off. It can take a few days for the pressure to build up and lift off the nail. Once it does, if you can bear it, the pain subsides, since the pressure is relieved. If the injury is more minor and the bleeding is not so much, it might not be enough blood to force the nail up and off, in which case, it will take months for the blood under the nail to slowly grow out with the nail.
If you're in pain, I recommend you go to your doctor, or even an er to have the blood drained. If the nail plate is fairly intact and not separated from the nail bed, drilling a small hole in the nail plate (it doesn't hurt) will allow the blood to drain. If the nail plate is loose, taking the entire nail off is the better treatment (done under local anesthesia, no pain, quick & easy, and you will regrow another nail).
If you're not in pain and you just don't like the way it looks, you have 2 choices:
1) get medical attention to have the blood drained described above, or
2) get a pair of dark glasses so you don't have to look at it.
Hope this helps! Good luck. ...Read more
Something fell on my foot and there is some black and blue on my toes and on the side of my foot. What should I do?
Ultimately an x-ray: The bruising we see after an injury is from bleeding of something under the skin. It could be soft tissue or bone. The bruising in itself is not a major problem. When your foot begins to swell and you feel substantial pain, you definitely must immobilize it and have it treated. The most immediate way to treat such an injury, is to stay off of it and keep it elevated. In doubt-get an x-ray. ...Read more
Throbbing achy pain in right outer side of foot. A year ago she injured it and it was black and blue?
Please clarify: Stated she injured it, so this is not you. If it is a woman questions come into play including birth control pills. Previous injury where the foot turned black and blue may have been a hairline fracture, and now she has refractured it. Could be blood clot or venous pooling of blood. Try rice, rest, ice elevation and an ace wrap for 48 hrs and otc naprosyn (naproxen) for 48hrs. Sx persist, see doc. ...Read more
I walk between 4&6 miles and the top of my foot below my toes will black and blue. It goes away if I'm off my feet.
Nice distance!: That sounds like a healthy walk. Considerations: Is it only one foot? Is there any pain? That fact that It goes away when you are off your feet, it might be due to veins. The return circulation causes the black-blue pigmentation. If you have prominent veins in your legs and feet, this is most likely veins. ...Read more
Dropped an extension ladder (it lowered very fast) across the top of my foot! Black and blue and slightly swollen! Hurts a lot (burns actually)?
Help my big toe nail has been discolored for about 6 months now. At first it was reddish blue and now it's blackish bluish and a little green now.
Hematoma: It sounds like a subungual hematoma. This happens usually from injury from injury to toe. Reddish blue is most likely active bleeding and black is old. The green is concerning. It should be evaluated for healing/infection. There are some bacteria that turn things green so you should see a podiatrist to evaluate. Healing bruises also turn many colors. The bruise has to grow out. ...Read more
My pinky on my right foot is black and blue. The entire toe! It does not hurt and I can't recall hitting it. It is swollen too.
Piece of metal fell on my foot and now it hurts to walk and its all black and blue. How to tell if it's broken or very bruised?
Get and X-ray: The only way to tell if it is broken or just bruised is to have it examined and have an xray taken. ...Read more
7 weeks ago I had pereneous tendon surgery and my foot has Severe swelling and incision has dark blue/black line. Is this normal?
If you were healing: Well and you suddenly have marked swelling - I would advise your podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
My toe nail has been black and blue now for a month. Walked a lot and the nail felt bruised at the beginning. Doesn't hurt now. Is that bad? Old blood?
A Slow Grow: It sounds like there is old blood trapped under the nail. This can happen during and/or after walking a lot. There is not much to do now but wait. Time will enable the nail to grow out and slowly bring the old blood with it. Nails grow at a slow pace so be patient. ...Read more
See a doctor: Seek treatment from your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
I twisted my ankle and my foot is swollen and black and blue down to my toes. Could it be fractured?
I have blue black squiggly lines on foot under the skin. Appeared 3/4 days ago. A larger blue/black spot underside of foot. Ulcer on same ankle.?
Problem: Are you diabetic, ave you had arterial doppler. Looks like you have some vascular issue. ...Read more
I dropped a brick on my foot and it is swollen and alittle red there is a black and blue bump on it. I can walk on it but it hurts alittle. My dad said that I just bruised, but im not sure should I see a doctor?
Yes: A brick following on the foot is a significant trauma. I would advise at least an x-ray. ...Read more
What can I do for leg swelling from a broken blood vessel from a fall we have done hot packs and raised leg up but there is a lot of pain and black and blue in foot
Evaluation: Possible doppler venous study.Get a more detailed answer ›
Recommend consult: Consider seeing a dermatologist about this to be sure this is not anything more problematic ...Read more
My son has a black line across both big toenails almost like it was broke then grew back together what could it be?
Shoe pressure?: Could be a sub ungul hematoma caused by shoe style. ...Read more