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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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Could you tell me if my foot is still really bruised does that mean the broken bone isn't healing?

Could you tell me if my foot is still really bruised does that mean the broken bone isn't healing?

it may mean that: Your foot got really bruised and it take a few weeks for hte bruisng to begin to go away but it is dependent upoi=n how much bruisng you started with, your general health and circulation, how swollen you were, how agresviley you iced or elvated to reduce swelling and bruising initially. And certainly of bruising is going away and then comes back then one needs to get reevaluated. ...Read more

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When should I start walking after fifth toe displaced fracture? Ten days and still hurts when I lower my foot. New bruises also sprang up in foot

When should I start walking after fifth toe displaced fracture? Ten days and still hurts when I lower my foot. New bruises also sprang up in foot

Maybe a second look.: I would think that ten days is enough time to allow you to walk with some mild to moderate pain. Since you are seeing new bruising something else should be considered. While enjoying the toe fracture, did you fracture something else that is now affecting you recovery. You need to get the foot x-rayed and check for other fractures. Nsaids should take the edge off and perhaps an accommodating shoe. ...Read more

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Laptop fell on my foot from a height of 3.5 ft. I have swelling and bruising around the impacted spot and numbness and tingling in toes. I have pain and I walk with a limp; it is also cold. Could my foot be fractured?

Laptop fell on my foot from a height of 3.5 ft. I have swelling and bruising around the impacted spot and numbness and tingling in toes. I have pain and I walk with a limp; it is also cold. Could my foot be fractured?

Possible: It's possible that there could be a fracture. You may need to clinical evaluated and need imaging (x-rays) to determine if there is a fracture and get treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I fracture my foot dislocated my little toe and damaged my ligament on Sunday. How long will it be bruised for?

10-14 days: The fracture itself will usually heal by 6-8 weeks, but most bruising resolves in the 10-14 day range. ...Read more

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I had fifth toe fracture last week. Yesterday I noted a large bruise in the centre of foot extremely painful and is not letting me hang my foot/walk?

I had fifth toe fracture last week. Yesterday I noted a large bruise in the centre of foot extremely painful and is not letting me hang my foot/walk?

BRUISE/SPRAIN: You hit your toe against something hard enough to break it. My guess is, you hit the rest of the foot hard also, but didn't notice it because the toe hurt so much. Now it's badly bruised.
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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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I kicked the bottom of my car door. It hurt when it happened not as much anymore. The top of my foot is starting to swell and bruise. Is it fractured?

I kicked the bottom of my car door. It hurt when it happened not as much anymore. The top of my foot is starting to swell and bruise. Is it fractured?

Fractured?: A fracture could be a possibility. Although right at the top of your foot there are structures that include blood vessels tendons and nerves. If a blood vessel or tendon was injured you could also see bruising. Consult your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Might I have a broken/fractured foot without swelling or bruising?

Might I have a broken/fractured foot without swelling or bruising?

Yes: This is possible, for example a stress fracture of the foot can occur in runners or military personnel, without any overt swelling or bruising. If you have had persistent localized bony pain, you should see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Bruised foot possible fracture, should I be concerned?

Bruised foot possible fracture, should I be concerned?

Foot pain: Your feet may feel pain after an injury. It is normal to feel less pain as the days pass. Prolonged pain may be due to an undiagnosed condition such as a stress fracture. I would recommend you see a doctor and get some xrays. ...Read more

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Can you get a red line/ mark on your foot that stays longer than the bruise if it is fractured?

Can you get a red line/ mark on your foot that stays longer than the bruise if it is fractured?

Potentially: Bruising represents bleeding into an area of soft tissues and usually resorbs over a 10-14 day period. A fracture takes usually 6-8 weeks to heal and may be associated with an ongoing inflammatory process during that time. ...Read more

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Please please help me! Fractured foot with no swelling or bruising?

Fracture foot: Foot fractures are usually accompanied by swelling and bruising. An x-ray or cat scan can help evaluate the bone. ...Read more

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I have pain on the top of my foot, it feels bruised but no bruising. It hurts to put pressure on my foot, could it be fractured or sprained?

Foot pain: Pain at the top of your foot could be caused by many things. You could have a tendinitis of the extensor tendons or a contusion of the foot. You may also have a fracture or a stress fracture. If the pain persists you should see a podiatrist for further valuation. ...Read more

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How long should bruising last on a broken bone in the foot?

How long should bruising last on a broken bone in the foot?

It varies.: It varies from person to person and other factors, such as nature of the injury, etc. A typical range could be 2 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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I fractured my foot&recently the bruise on the bottom has spread to the center and has become painful&hard to walk on even w/my boot. Is this normal?

I fractured my foot&recently the bruise on the bottom has spread to the center and has become painful&hard to walk on even w/my boot. Is this normal?

Yes it is: Usually when you fracture your foot, the bone bleed, with gravity the blood travel to the bottom and form what we call hematoma, it take a little time to go away. ...Read more

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If my foot has a stress fracture and now has a bruise does that mean it's healing?

If my foot has a stress fracture and now has a bruise does that mean it's healing?

Nope: Not at all. A stress fracture generally takes 6-8 weeks to heal. I am a big advocate of checking vitamin d levels when diagnosed with a stress fracture. The bruise has nothing to do with the rate of bone healing. ...Read more

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I landed on my foot wrong now the bottom hurts and it's bruised and swollen on the top also I'm limping. What could be wrong? Stress Fracture maybe?

Foot injury: Landing incorrectly on ones foot most commonly leads to pain, swelling, bruising on both sides of the foot. Whether or not there is a fracture can only best determined by having an X-ray taken. If the pain, swelling, limping is not subsiding over a few days it is more likely to be a fracture. ...Read more

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I landed on my foot wrong and now it hurts to walk and the bottom of my foot hurts and the top is swollen and bruised? Any help? Fracture?

Be seen: It is hard to say without the benefit of an exam and xray. If it seems like it was mild, you could rest, elevate and ice it. If it seems more severe I would be seen to rule out a more serious injury such as a fracture; particularly if you can not bear weight on it. ...Read more

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I broke me fibula by my ankle. The top of my foot hurts, bruised, and swollen. Could I have fractured my foot also? I was playing football

I broke me fibula by my ankle. The top of my foot hurts, bruised, and swollen. Could I have fractured my foot also? I was playing football

Possibly: Have your doctor evaluate the X rays to see if that was included in the X ray films. Sprains of the soft tissue and accumulation of swelling can also cause pain. Good luck ...Read more

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When I don't walk on my foot it's fine. It's my left foot on my left side in the middle. Hurts to add pressure when walking long. Fracture or bruise??

Eval for stress fx: Pain that increases when weight bearing in concerning for injury or stress fracture to the underlying bone and warrants a through evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon to obtain X-rays and correlate imaging findings with examination findings. ...Read more

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Calcaneus fracture. Day 1 was only swollen around heel and ankle. Day 2 entire foot swollen. Day 3 bruise going up leg? Been keeping it elevated.

Calcaneus fracture. Day 1 was only swollen around heel and ankle. Day 2 entire foot swollen. Day 3 bruise going up leg? Been keeping it elevated.

Calc fracture: You need to wear a cam walker (= walking cast) abd stay off of the foot with crutches. Next go see a foot & ankle specialist or orthopedist for x-rays. If the fracture is displaced, you may need surgical reduction for optimal outcomes. You are young, you need to do the right thing for your foot for it to serve you the years ahead. ...Read more

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I hit a foul ball off my foot last night, and I woke up this morning and could barely walk. There's swelling but no bruising. Bruised, or fracture?

I hit a foul ball off my foot last night, and I woke up this morning and could barely walk. There's swelling but no bruising. Bruised, or fracture?

Could Be Either: Both bruise and fracture are possible given the injury. I would follow the RICE protocol, which is Rest (don't walk on it), Ice the affected area, Compression with an ACE bandage if that helps, Elevation of the the affected foot. You can also add naprosyn or ibuprofen (Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin) to help with swelling. If pain worsens or you're unable to bear any weight on it after a few days consider X-ray. ...Read more

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I have broke my foot I was told it was a jones break aka dancer's fracture is it likely I could get a blood to my heart as it is very bruised and blac?

I have broke my foot I was told it was a jones break aka dancer's fracture is it likely I could get a blood to my heart as it is very bruised and blac?

Very rare...: Did you mean blood clot? It's possible but rare for a foot fracture to cause a blood clot. You are at higher risk if you have one or more risk factors such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle, on hormone therapy, etc. Please see your doctor if you have risk factors. Also see here for additional risk factors: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/pulmonary-embolism/ds00429/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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My friend is experiencing bruising and minor swelling on the top side of foot, following distal fibula fracture surgery. Should we worry?

My friend is experiencing bruising and minor swelling on the top side of foot, following distal fibula fracture surgery. Should we worry?

Probably not: It is always smart to check with the surgeon if there is signficant pain in a new area following surgery, but gravity is usually the culprit here. With any surgery or broken bone there is always some bleeding, and in the case of the foot, one would expect that bleeding to travel downward, when visible through skin, it shows as bruisng. You will see this in bad ankle sprains even without a break. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

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