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Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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1 cm, perfectly circular bruise on top of foot. Very small pinpoint at center. No swelling, redness, raising, etc. What was I bit by? Cause for worry?

1 cm, perfectly circular bruise on top of foot. Very small pinpoint at center. No swelling, redness, raising, etc. What was I bit by? Cause for worry?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities, among the more common and sometimes concerning can be a spider bite, particularly a brown recluse spider. You should seek attention if the area becomes dark appearing or shows any sign of infection such as redness or swelling; or if the size of the area is increasing. ...Read more

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I broke my ankle 8. Days ago now top of foot bruised n swelling n hurts to touch right by my toes could i have broken more n xrays missed it?

I broke my ankle 8. Days ago now top of foot bruised n swelling n hurts to touch right by my toes could i have broken more n xrays missed it?

Broken ankle or foot: Depending on the severity of your ankle fracture and the mechanism of the injury (ie. how it happened) you could have swelling and bruising to the toes. Did you only have ankle x-rays? If so you might need foot x-rays also. Go back to the doctor you saw and get more information. If you went to the ER, then you might need the x-rays to take to your personal doctor. ...Read more

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Stubbed toe, (beside big toe) few days ago, bruising, min. swelling but hurts when I move it, esp. right on top of foot, could I have fractured it?

Stubbed toe, (beside big toe)  few days ago, bruising, min. swelling but hurts when I move it, esp. right on top of foot, could I have fractured it?

Maybe : Only way to tell is with an X-ray. If the toe is still straight, the only thing that is usually done is a splint to the adjacent toe. If the symptoms are bad enough, and/or the toe is deformed, best to have an X-ray. See an orthopedist next week to get this done. Otherwise, need to go to an ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I hit the top of foot by outside ankle 2 days ago. Very little swelling and bruising. Now aches from big toe up to back lower leg. Could I be broken?

Soft tissue trauma.: An x-ray can be used to identify most fractures for sure. So, removing all doubt would necessitate having an x-ray. My take is that you have managed to traumatize either a nerve or tendon passing through the area. Unfortunately an x-ray won't show these problems. An evaluation would help in isolating the source of your pain. Thank you for consulting Healthtap. ...Read more

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Pain near toes for 4weeks,now small boney lump on top of foot.fuzzy feeling in toes.could this be a fracture? No swelling, little bruising.

Pain near toes for 4weeks,now small boney lump on top of foot.fuzzy feeling in toes.could this be a fracture? No swelling, little bruising.

Ganglion cyst?: Sounds like this could be a ganglion cyst (fluid filled bump). Does it move around? Could be interfering with a nerve causing the "fuzzy" feeling in the toes. Usually there is no bruising with a ganglion unless the cause was trauma. This should be checked out by your physician. You can never be too cautious about bumps or lumps. ...Read more

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Pain in top of foot, knot & swelling.x Ray normal. Any idea?

Pain in top of foot, knot & swelling.x Ray normal. Any idea?

Knot so good.: I am thinking a soft tissue structure. Ganglion or synovial cyst comes to mind. When near a nerve these can be painful and not usually evident on an x-ray. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of sudden pain of top of foot with the apeearance of a bump and swelling? Thank u

What are possible causes of sudden pain of top of foot with the apeearance of a bump and swelling? Thank u

Cyst of some type: Several things can cause it, there are deposits like lipomas, epidermal cysts, that are benign but can be painful. A common problem in that area can be a ganglion cyst. These are small benign growths that occur on tendons. They are all easily sorted out on physical exam. You should see a primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Banged the inside top of foot a week ago, now healed. No swelling, but now the outside top of same foot is throbbing 1 week later. Can it be related?

Banged the inside top of foot a week ago, now healed. No swelling, but now the outside top of same foot is throbbing 1 week later. Can it be related?

Yes: You may have been guarding the portion of the foot that was painful last week causing an overuse injury to the other side of the foot. This can be treated with rest or preferably a removable walking boot. I would suggest you see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Toes/top of foot swollen. I can't seperate my toes. Icing causes more pain/swelling. Feels like it weighs 10 lbs. Swells all the time. Hurts every day for the past 3yrs. Why is this happening to me?

Toes/top of foot swollen. I can't seperate my toes. Icing causes more pain/swelling. Feels like it weighs 10 lbs. Swells all the time. Hurts every day for the past 3yrs. Why is this happening to me?

Need to find cause: Of the swelling. I would imagine if you had the condition for three years, you must of sought prior help. Why don't you share what was told to you so far? Without seeing your foot, you don't provide enough information to make an educated diagnosis...... ...Read more

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Top of foot turning black and swelling, what could be the cause.?

Top of foot turning black and swelling, what could be the cause.?

Foot turning black: Something must have happened for that black swelling to occur.
Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. Things should work out OK. ...Read more

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Type your question here...pain on top of foot, knot, swelling. Mole at site appeared recently. What could it be?

Type your question here...pain on top of foot, knot, swelling. Mole at site appeared recently. What could it be?

Several diagnoses: A knot on top of the foot can be anything from a soft tissue mass to a simple ganglion cyst to an abscess. If there is pain involved you need to be evaluated by a foot specialist and xrays and possibly an MRI is needed. The 'mole' may be incidental but in very rare cases, a malignant skin lesion may be the cause. Go see the doctor! ...Read more

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Pain on top of foot and when stepping on foot. No visible swelling except for what feels like a small knob under the skin on top of the foot. walking?

Pain on top of foot and when stepping on foot. No visible swelling except for what feels like a small knob under the skin on top of the foot. walking?

Yeah, you'll want to: see someone about that.
without an exam, I can only give general information. We go from what is there at the site of the problem. There are muscles, joints, and tendons. The joints can swell up. But bones can have chronic stress fractures. In both cases, long term treatment of immobilzation and x rays to see what is going on is helpful. ...Read more

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Can gabapentin for i c cause pain/swelling on area of 3rd-5th toes where toes meet with top of foot, one foot only?

Can gabapentin for i c cause pain/swelling on area of 3rd-5th toes where toes meet with top of foot, one foot only?

Probably not: Gabepentin can cause swelling but not usually that specific of an area. More likely there is another cause like trauma or an infection. I would have the area looked at by your favorite podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can gabapentin for i c cause pain/swelling on area of 3rd-5th toes where toes meet with top of foot, one foot only?

Can gabapentin for i c cause pain/swelling on area of 3rd-5th toes where toes meet with top of foot, one foot only?

Not usually! : Gabapentine is an effective treatment for neuropathy and other nerve injury. Swelling in the feet is a possible side effect but pain and swelling in a specific area would more likely be something else. It could be an injury, arthritis, hammertoes or stress fracture. You need an evaluation by a medical professional.

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Right foot swelling since 3/14 now i notice a quarter size patch with light purple viens on top of foot by ankle. What could it be?

Right foot swelling since 3/14 now i notice a quarter size patch with light purple viens on top of foot by ankle. What could it be?

Possible ganglion: There are some various things that can present that way. The area that you describe is a common place for ganglions to form. Another consideration, is the Extensor Digitorum Brevis muscle belly. This can become enlarged due to various stresses. It is located on the lateral or little toe side of the foot near the ankle.
If you are having pain from this you may want to have this checked out. ...Read more

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Cut top of foot on doior. Caught vein but didn't bleed much. swollen and purple. Iced and swelling reduced. Should I be worried it didn'T blleed?

Cut top of foot on doior. Caught vein but didn't bleed much. swollen  and purple.  Iced and  swelling reduced. Should I be worried it didn'T blleed?

Doesn't sound like : You should be worried. Depending on the depth of that cut tetanus hx likely should be up to date....... ...Read more

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Sprained my lateral,deltoid ligaments and top of foot 5 months ago - still getting pain, popping and swelling above my ankle?

Sprained my lateral,deltoid ligaments and top of foot 5 months ago - still getting pain, popping and swelling above my ankle?

Get an xray: you should probably get this looked at and get an x-ray. An orthopedic or podiatric surgeon could help you. There are many ligaments to the ankle and foot. They all need to be evaluated. If an x-ray doesn't show a problem, you may need an MRI or a CT scan. It could be an ankle sprain or a syndesmotic injury or a Lisfranc injury or an undiagnosed fracture. ...Read more

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Where on my foot is on the top of my foot . No swelling and no bruising. Over Easter on Sunday we had an Easter egg hunt and I ran to get egg ?

Where on my foot is on the top of my foot . No swelling and no bruising. Over Easter on Sunday we had an Easter egg hunt and I ran to get egg 


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Where and what??: The fact that there is no swelling or bruising is a positive sign. Unfortunately, there could be some minor stress to the area that hopefully will resolve with rest and time. If not, you will have to consult with a specialist. ...Read more

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Foot pain in top and side of the foot with no bruising or swelling for a couple weeks , but now can't tolerate weight, who should I see an ortho or ped?

Foot pain in top and side of the foot with no bruising or swelling for a couple weeks , but now can't tolerate weight, who should I see an ortho or ped?

Specialist: Seeing a podiatrist or a foot & ankle orthopedic specialist would be a good choice. They both have unique knowledge of the foot and ankle. Either way, xrays, bloodwork and a good examination should help you in getting a diagnosis and treatment to help! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain in a band on top of foot just below toes and numbness, swelling in two little toes after sprained ankle?

Is it normal to have pain in a band on top of foot just below toes and numbness, swelling in two little toes after sprained ankle?

YES: Depending upon the severity of the sprain, swelling can extend to the foot. My question to you-without seeing a doctor, how can you be sure it's "just a sprain." Most ankle sprains, I think, are undertreated resulting in lingering problems. ...Read more

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Have ongoing swelling and redness (and some pain)13 weeks after met. ORIF- top of foot and ankle. Told to walk normally. Ideas to get swelling down?

Have ongoing swelling and redness (and some pain)13 weeks after met. ORIF- top of foot and ankle. Told to walk normally. Ideas to get swelling down?

Get another opinion: After 13 weeks, there should be less inflammation. Without knowing specifics, the hardware needs to be checked for loosening, an infection needs to be ruled out, and chronic regional pain syndrome needs to be considered. ...Read more

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I banged the inner top of my foot 5 days ago. No swelling, bruise faded to yellow and brown. Still hurts a little if pressed. Is this healing normal?

I banged the inner top of my foot 5 days ago. No swelling, bruise faded to yellow and brown. Still hurts a little if pressed.  Is this healing normal?

Normal...: It sounds like you banged your foot hard enough that it bled under the skin. As it heals, the bruise comes out turning a blackish color. As the bruise breaks down, it turns a brown/yellow color before fading away. ...Read more

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Did I break a bone in my foot? Yesterday I fell walking up the stairs...Horrible pains through the top of my foot and instant swelling and bruising

Did I break a bone in my foot? Yesterday I fell walking up the stairs...Horrible pains through the top of my foot and instant swelling and bruising

Possibly: While trauma can certainly lead to a fracture, the foot/ankle is a very common site for sprains/strains. If you are unable to bear weight on that foot for more than a few steps or if ther is tenderness to touch a particular point such as the bridge of the foot or the base of the small toe, i would x-ray it to be sure. You can try icing and elevating the foot to see if there is any relief. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more