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I've seen my doctor about bruising under my toenails and they said it would heal on their own. The bruising is getting bigger, what do I do now?

I've seen my doctor about bruising under my toenails and they said it would heal on their own. The bruising is getting bigger, what do I do now?

It takes time: The bruising getting bigger is not big deal. When the blood underneath your nail dries up this is what ends up happening. It takes 4-6 months for you nail to regrow back. However, see a podiatrist to make sure you have "bruising" and not something else. Also did the doctor tell you why and how you got the bruising? ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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I noticed there is some blue bruising under my big toenails. Should I leave it alone or will the bruising get bigger and make my nail fall off?

I noticed there is some blue bruising under my big toenails. Should I leave it alone or will the bruising get bigger and make my nail fall off?

Get evaluated: I would recommend being evaluated. Nail discoloration could result from many different medical conditions. A podiatrist or dermatologist might think it necessary to take a biopsy of the nail to determine the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Blackend area on toenail. No bruise and not been hit in anyway what is this?

Blackend area on toenail. No bruise and not been hit in anyway what is this?

Need a little Info.: When you describe "on toenail", is that a literal meaning or do you mean possibly, "under" or "in" the nail as well? It would be helpful to know the time frame of the appearance of the blackened area. Did it appear suddenly or over a period of days, weeks or months? ...Read more

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My big toenail has turned dark blue underneath. Should I be worried about this bruise?

My big toenail has turned dark blue underneath. Should I be worried about this bruise?

Does it hurt?: Did you recently injure it?
usually blue is dried blood, sometimes fungus, a dangerous scenario would be a melanoma so if your not sure see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I have a bruise on my toenail, bottom part near skin and I wanted to know what I should do?

Hi I have a bruise on my toenail, bottom part near skin and I wanted to know what I should do?

Nothing: Unless you have significant pain there is nothing to do. The dark spot will be shed off the edge a year later. If you wave difficulty walking, see a DR. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to get rid of bruises on toenails?

I need some tips on how to get rid of bruises on toenails?

You can't: It takes months for dried blood under the nail to grow out. Why are you getting bruises? Are you on blood thinners? Wear high heel shoes? ...Read more

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Is there any way to tell if dark skin under my big toenail is a bruise or not?

The tissue: In question can be sampled. If at the edge of the nail, it can be clipped and looked at with the naked eye. A history of trauma would also correlate with a bruise. ...Read more

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I have a random bruise under my big toenail, as it appears. I didn't hurt it, but I just saw it today when I took off nail polish. Any suggestions?

I have a random bruise under my big toenail, as it appears. I didn't hurt it, but I just saw it today when I took off nail polish. Any suggestions?

Microtrauma: Your toenail is most likely being bruised because of how your big toe functions. You get too much pressure on the toe and it traps the nail bed between the hard nail and the bone, causing a bruise. There is a solution for this which involves rebalancing the mechanics of your foot. There are many podiatrists in your area that can help. I have offices in McKinney and Prosper, TX. ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent bruises under my toenails when playing soccer?

What should I do to prevent bruises under my toenails when playing soccer?

Cut your nails: Very short, wear 2 pair of socks and wear perfectly fitted shoes. ...Read more

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I have a black toenail after a drill accident. How can I get rid of this bruise?

I have a black toenail after a drill accident. How can I get rid of this bruise?

Usually time: If the bruise is not too extensive it will grow out with the nail in several months. If you have a lot of pain, see a podiatrist. Sometimes a hematoma under the nail plate needs to be drained to afford pain relief and prevent secondary infection. ...Read more

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How can I prevent toenail injury and bruises under my toenails when dancing ballet?

How can I prevent toenail injury and bruises under my toenails when dancing ballet?

Trim nails: But be careful. The most common cause of ingrown toenails is trimming them too short along the edges and this problem can be a lot more painful then simple bruising. Try trimming the nails short but keep them "square" at the corners with gentle filing. This will help prevent trauma and subsequent bruising of the bed of the nail. ...Read more

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It's been 3 weeks since I've seen a doctor about toenail bruising. They said it would heal, but it has gotten darker since then. What does this mean?

It's been 3 weeks since I've seen a doctor about toenail bruising. They said it would heal, but it has gotten darker since then. What does this mean?

Toenails...: Toenails grow very slowly, so you are unlikely to see any changes in three weeks. At 22 years old, the nail will need about six months to grow out. The bruise should slowly advance along with the nail growth and eventually get trimmed off when you cut your nails. The bruise is just darkening as the red blood cells die off. ...Read more

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I have a spot under my toenail its like a bruise though I may have injured it im not quite sure its in the base of my toe its quite circular @ center?

I have a spot under my toenail its like a bruise though I may have injured it im not quite sure its in the base of my toe its quite circular @ center?

Should see surgeon.: Should see surgeon or dermatologist or podiatrist to evaluate.
It could be a harmless hematoma that might cause nail to come off and resolve or it could be a melanoma and require surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bone bruise and a bruised toenail?

What is the difference between a bone bruise and a bruised toenail?

Not related: A bruised nail will usually have blood under the nail causing it to be discolored. A bone bruise is a deep injury involving the bone. ...Read more

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My toe hurts to touch or bend it but there is a small and dim bruise in between the toenail and the nuckel thing on my big toe.

Possible infection: You may be developing a paronychia or infection along the cuticle of the nail. Sometimes they appear black or bruised looking. Soak the toe in warm water with epsom salts and see how it goes - it may drain a little pus. If it continues or worsens over the next 24 hours then see a doctor. ...Read more

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I had a ingrown toenail removed today. Bandage is to stay on until tomorrow, but it's swollen and bruise below the bandage area. Is this normal?

I had a ingrown toenail removed today. Bandage is to stay on until tomorrow, but it's swollen and bruise below the bandage area. Is this normal?

Place ice on it: It may be from the injection you received. If the doctor did not give you an oral antibiotic (which is not required) but you feel it may be infected, you may want to call and discuss with the doctor. ...Read more

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Both of my second toenails have cracked completely across my nail just above the cuticle. No pain or bruising. What could these be caused from?

Both of my second toenails have cracked completely across my nail just above the cuticle. No pain or bruising. What could these be caused from?

Nail injury..: I'm thinking that both your second toes are longer than the others. The nails have been traumatized in some fashion, probably due to their length. To remove all doubt, consult with a foot specialist. ...Read more

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Why is my big toenail dark blue from the cuticle up? About 6 weeks ago, my toenail started getting a dark-blue spot. My sister, who is a nurse, told me it might be raynaud's syndrome, a bruise, or a sign that my toenail is regrowing itself a replacement.

Why is my big toenail dark blue from the cuticle up? About 6 weeks ago, my toenail started getting a dark-blue spot. My sister, who is a nurse, told me it might be raynaud's syndrome, a bruise, or a sign that my toenail is regrowing itself a replacement.

First: First of all, let me thank you for posting pictures! It will make any answer given here more accurate and informative.

Given the well-defined margins in the picture, it's unlikely melanoma. But... Since the incidence of melanoma has skyrocketed, out pacing any other form of cancer, and given that melanoma is a particularly deadly cancer, the safest advice I can give you is to have the nail bed biopsied. It's no big deal to do this, and won't keep you off your feet, and you'll rest easy knowing you're ok. In my 32 years of practice, I have seen melanoma in the foot only twice, but in each time, it was under the big toenail.

Also, a nice benefit from having your nail bed biopsied is the toenail needs to be removed in order to do it. If it's just a collection of blood under there, removing the toenail will clear it, and you will re-grow another nail that will look just as lovely as your nail used to look before this black thing showed up.

A podiatrist or dermatologist can do the biopsy. Please have this done. Good luck! ...Read more

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For 2 days ive had moderate pain and a fever IN my navel, only other odd symptom is a bruise on both large toe-toenails. No other symptoms?

For 2 days ive had moderate pain and a fever IN my navel, only other odd symptom is a bruise on both large toe-toenails. No other symptoms?

Uncertain: Uncertain without knowing more about your health status. If you're having fever systemically this is certainly something you should discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Have a small, light brown spot on the bottom right of my big toenail. Recently worn tight boots. Toe doesn't hurt at all if pressed. Fungus or bruise?

Have a small, light brown spot on the bottom right of my big toenail. Recently worn tight boots. Toe doesn't hurt at all if pressed. Fungus or bruise?

Bruise: Mostly likely a bruise. It should start to grow clear from the base of your nail going forward. If not see a podiatrist for a better diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is the black spot on my toe a bruise or toenail fungus? How to tell?

Is the black spot on my toe a bruise or toenail fungus? How to tell?

Third possibility?: In this case, the best thing to do is to take a biopsy. The thing I would be concerned most with, and this is a very small chance, is some sort of skin cancer (melanoma). This is very important that you check this one out. ...Read more

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Is toenail melanoma on the nail bed, or within the nail? I had a bruise like spot (no trauma) appear, but was able to cut about half of it off.

A streak: It appears as a dark streak in the direction the nail goes. If you have a concerning lesion under your toenail you should see your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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Bruise on top foot but no pain at all. What is this plzz help.

Bruise on top foot but no pain at all. What is this plzz help.

Clotting: It sounds like a bruise. If it does not go away, please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I have this weird bruise on my foot that appeared out of nowhere.?

Hello, I have this weird bruise on my foot that appeared out of nowhere.?

See below: Hard to say without more history and examination. May have hit it without noticing it. Possible that foot slid in or pressed against shoe in activity. Maybe a may be a small vein that broke in skin. If this fails to resolve or worsens, see Podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could get a bruise on my foot?

Can you tell me how I could get a bruise on my foot?

Injury: It is easy to have a bruise form from simple injury or hitting yourself on an object. ...Read more

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How do I heal is what I think is a bruise on my foot? My teen stood on it?

How do I heal is what I think is a bruise on my foot? My teen stood on it?

Read below: If this condition has been ongoing for over 3 days and getting progressively worse, make sure to see your podiatrist as you need to rule out a possible stress fracture. If the area only has discomfort, than try wrapping the foot with an elastic bandage and taking otc anti inflammatory medicine. ...Read more

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What can I do to exercise my right foot if I've just recovered from a bruise?

Read below: If the bruise and pain have completely dissipated, than with a proper supportive shoe, you should be able to return to exercise right away. If pain is present, than I would limit myself to a bike or elliptical machine. If still concerned, see your podiatrist. Good luck. ...Read more

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The outside of my left foot is very painful. Nothing showing on it such as bruise just very painful. What is your recommendation for this?

The outside of my left foot is very painful. Nothing showing on it such as bruise just very painful. What is your recommendation for this?

Consider stress Fx.: The outside of the foot can have pain for apparently no reason, especially in the early phases of a stress fracture involving the fifth metatarsal. If the pain has been going on for several weeks, an ordinary x-ray may show the healing. A bone scan may also be necessary. Rest, cast boot and elevation may be on the menu for you. ...Read more

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Can you bruise the arch on your foot?

Foot injury: A bruise or contusion can occur anywhere trauma (injury) happens. The arch area can be bruised after activities that put stress on the area such as climbing a ladder or stepping on a ledge, especially when barefoot or in soft shoegear. Treatment for a minor contusion would include warm compresses, an ace wrap, and possibly Ibuprofen to decrease pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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What can my husband do for a bruise on the arch of his foot?

What can my husband do for a bruise on the arch of his foot?

Have it looked at.: Bruising could be due to different reasons. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some radiology exams may help to determine the right cause. Causes of bruising may include: trauma (fracture, sprains, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions, biomechanical abnormality, blood clots, and puncture injuries. Treatment will depend on the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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