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How can I tell if my big toe fractured or just badly bruised?

How can I tell if my big toe fractured or just badly bruised?

Xrays: The only sure way to see is x-ray and possibly an advances imaging modality such as MRI or ct if the doctor is suspicious in the face of negative x-rays. ...Read more

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I droped a hair dryer on my foot right under the big toe.. Looks a little bruise but hurts. Is it fractured?

I droped a hair dryer on my foot right under the big toe.. Looks a little bruise but hurts. Is it fractured?

Maybe: Could be, but we don't do much for toe fractures other than a post-op (rigid sole) shoe and weight bear as tolerated. ...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?

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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Does bruising normally occur after a fracture or break in a foot and pain in big toe, what causes that?

Does bruising normally occur after a fracture or break in a foot and pain in big toe, what causes that?

Bruising : Typically after a fracture you will get bruising. The bruising is caused by the fracture bone bleeds into the tissue and create a. ...Read more

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My teenage daughter's big toe (and into her foot) hurts to bend, and there is no bruising. Strain, sprain or fracture?

My teenage daughter's big toe (and into her foot) hurts to bend, and there is no bruising. Strain, sprain or fracture?

Have it evaluated.: Pain may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can support a fractured big toe?

Surgical shoe : Is a good idea to start. Depending i n how bad the fracture i actually make a forefoot cast with toe extension for patients. You may want to see a foot doc. The big toe is an important toe that bears a lot of weight, . ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for my stubbed/fractured big toe to heal?

Stubbed/fractured?: If it is stubbed, then it'll probably be a contusion that will take a few days to subside. If there is bruising under the nail, there's a chance that you'll still see some residual bruising at that nail for up to a year, but the toe would be ok. However, if you fractured the toe, then it's a minimum of 6-8 weeks if you started treating the toe after it was injured. ...Read more

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What to do if i think i fractured my big toe, how should I treat it?

Great toe fracture: I agree with dr vancil regarding method of treatment. Recommend podiatry or orthopedic foot surgeon. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more