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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does everyone bruise when their joint dislocates?

Does everyone bruise when their joint dislocates?

Not always: It is possible to dislocate without bruising, but usually a dislocation is accompanied by joint swelling and bruising by about the first few hours. It depends on how traumatic the dislocation was on the surrounding tissue. Be sure to get the joint evaluated by a physician if your suspecting a dislocation.

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A dark bruise sometimes forms at one of my finger joints with no apparent cause. Sometimes, it's painful. It's always disconcerting. What's going on?

A dark bruise sometimes forms at one of my finger joints with no apparent cause. Sometimes, it's painful. It's always disconcerting. What's going on?

More details needed: To have bruise on the top of the finger must have reason, please describe it with more details? The size who long it take to go away any pain with it, have any other problems health wise.

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It feels like a flapping sensation while walking and it is very difficult to walk. Directly after fall couldn't bear weight. Green bruising whole joint?

It feels like a flapping sensation while walking and it is very difficult to walk. Directly after fall couldn't bear weight. Green bruising whole joint?

Likely ankle sprain: Please also check ottawa rules for an x-ray in determining the need for an X-ray. Best would be to see an ortho for an an ankle exam and further recommendations.

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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.

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Can a bruise break up and cause joint pain?

Can a bruise break up and cause joint pain?

Not really.: I agree with dr. Carr's answer in large part. Cartilage fragments may exist, you may have sustained a bone bruise, blood in a joint is quite inflammatory, and finally your collateral ligaments could have been sprained, or partially torn.

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I have what looks like a bruise at the central joint of my arm. It just appeared out of nowhere. I have no pain, no itching, no nothing?

I have what looks like a bruise at the central joint of my arm. It just appeared out of nowhere. I have no pain, no itching, no nothing?

Bruise: It's quite common. Hold off on aspirin. It should disappear. If it does not go away see your dr. You might have bumped unknowingly. It should go away.

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High wbc, petechiae, bruising, fevers, joint pain - what do I have?

High wbc, petechiae, bruising, fevers, joint pain - what do I have?

Many possibilities: Fever, redness, inflammation, swelling, and joint pain can be signs of a possible infection. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

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What to do if I have high wbc, petechiae, bruising, fevers, joint pain?

What to do if I have high wbc, petechiae, bruising, fevers, joint pain?

See a doctor: With all those symptoms together, you should go see a doctor.

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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.

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While chasing after a ball, I turned and felt a pain at my right side hip joints. No bruising or swelling. What to do?

While chasing after a ball, I turned and felt a pain at my right side hip joints. No bruising or swelling. What to do?

Strain: Likely you have strained or pulled a structure, such as ligament, tendon or muscle. If it is not recovering with rest and symptomatic treatment or you are unable to weight bear, have an exam by your doctor.

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My bike pump slipped over my ankle as I stood down hard on it about 10 days ago leaving a nasty bruise, but has now developed constant pain over joint?

My bike pump slipped over my ankle as I stood down hard on it about 10 days ago leaving a nasty bruise, but has now developed constant pain over joint?

Need xrays: You need to go and see a doctor and also get xrays to make sure that you don't have a broken bone or displaced joint. The treatment will depend on the findings of x-ray. If there is no fracture detected by x-rays then rest, compression, ice, and heat will help. If there is a fracture then the orthopedic surgeon will have to treat you.

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Sprained wrist but if it is will it feel like a bruise near the thumb and wrist joint or what else could it be?

Sprained wrist but if it is will it feel like a bruise near the thumb and wrist joint or what else could it be?

See md: Unsure how long it has hurt but if it continues to hurt in this location tendonitis of the thumb tendon by the wrist (de quervain's) is extremely common. Your 'sprain' may have dissipated but if you continue to use your wrist your tendon can become irritated. If u fell hard on your outstretched wrist and have cont'd pain u may have a fx. Of scaphoid. See your ors! Best of luck!

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Middle finger has purple bruise in middle where the joint is and pains when is bent. Been 2 days. Hit by cricket ball while catching?

Middle finger has purple bruise in middle where the joint is and pains when is bent. Been 2 days. Hit by cricket ball while catching?

Need exam and x-ray: Possibilities include fracture, sprain of ligaments, partial or complete detachment of a ligament etc. It's important to be examined by a physician to see if there is any evidence for joint instability. Some injuries to the finger can result in a deformity if not treated properly.

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