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Dr. Scott Keith
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18 days, my big left toe hurts. swelling on ball, toe hurts to lift and bend down.3 day bruising around joint.Arch hurts. needle pain on end big toe.

18 days, my big left toe hurts. swelling on ball, toe hurts to lift and bend down.3 day bruising around joint.Arch hurts. needle pain on end big toe.

Oh Boy, Not Fun.: Since you did not mention that your suffered an injury to the toe, there must be something else going on. You paint a very convincing picture of a mildly acute gout attack. The inflamed big toe joint is not so much red as it is more of a darker plum color. It will hurt to move in any direction and the swelling is sometimes pronounced. This is diagnosed clinically so you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Bruise (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues. Pupura refers to bruising as the result of a disease condition. A very small bruise is called a petechia. These often appear as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could ...Read more


Dr. James Okamoto
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I've sprained ankle and the muscles on my calf are sore I have bruising around joint and atfl should I be very worried i can walk but it hurts abit ?

I've sprained ankle and the muscles on my calf are sore I have bruising around joint and atfl should I be very worried i can walk but it hurts abit ?

Probably not.: Without a physical exam, it's difficult to know the severity of your injury, but if it only hurts a bit when you walk, you probably only have a mild atfl sprain and mild calf sprain. If it's a new injury (<72 hrs), then follow the rice protocol (google it) and limit activities which cause increased pain. If your ankle feels unstable, you can buy a relatively inexpensive ankle splint at the store. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
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I stubbed my big toe on a door. I have rings of dark bruising around the joints, light bruising across the top of my foot, and mild swelling. Broken?

I stubbed my big toe on a door. I have rings of dark bruising around the joints, light bruising across the top of my foot, and mild swelling. Broken?

Hard to tell: It is difficult to tell if a bone is broken without an xray. It can swell and feel quite painful just from a bad bruise. if it is very swollen and bruised and if it is painful to touch over any part of the bone then you may want to get an xray. If you do not get one right away and it is getting better then it is probably not broken. If the pain gets worse or is not going away, then xray is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Marybeth Crane
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How can you tell what type of sprain you have as I have bruising around my atfl and pain and bruising around my ankle joint limited swelling ?

How can you tell what type of sprain you have as I have bruising around my atfl and pain and bruising around my ankle joint limited swelling ?

Joint stability: Range of motion studies and stability exam can help determine what stage your sprain is. All ankle sprains that have bruising and swelling should be evaluated for ligament tears and a fracture to avoid long term instability. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krinick
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What could cause bruising and joint pain?

What could cause bruising and joint pain?

Blood in/or around : Bruising is blood under the skin joint pain may be minor or more involved. Usually when you have a full range of motion you can wait a while and see what happens. An orthopedic surgeon can evaluate alot just by exam an m may be necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Could overuse/bruising of joints stunt growth? For example, could playing sports such as soccer stunt growth.

Could overuse/bruising of joints stunt growth? For example, could playing sports such as soccer stunt growth.

Pulling a stunt.: If during the course of overusing or bruising a joint, the adjacent growth plate get injured, you could effect the bone growth in that specific location. ...Read more

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Dr. Jamie Hutton
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Jammed my thumb on a football. Right after - a lot of bruising/swelling. A week later, still hurts (less) & a small bump has formed by mp joint.

Jammed my thumb on a football.  Right after - a lot of bruising/swelling.  A week later, still hurts (less) & a small bump has formed by mp joint.

Need x-ray: You need to get an x-Ray first to rule out any kind of fracture. It sounds as if you may have some sort of ligamental injury and will ultimately need an orthopedist involved to obtain an MRI. ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Hulett
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I have bruising on my sternum mostly left side costochondral joints where i had a deep lipoma removed. bruising came after 24 mo later after adjustment. Bruise has not left in over 12 mo. cause?

Chronic bruise: A bruise present that long is best explained as similar to a tattoo. With the adjustment perhaps you had some bruising or bleeding into the scar and area. Blood got into part of skin with little blood supply and hemoglobin left behind leaving a discoloration or tattoo ...Read more

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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses is also known as Bruise. Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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