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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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I have bumps on my big toe whatis it?

Need more info: Bumps on big toe could be anything from an insect bite to a fatty tumor. If your are concerned, see a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Minor cystic changes in my big toe . What is that mean?

Where are Cysts?: Minor cystic changes could be either soft tissue or osseous (bony). If they are osseous, it really does not mean much. Most of us have some "minor" cystic changes in our bones. If they are numerous, one could be dealing with an entity like ollier's disease. Minor cystic changes in soft tissue are less common and would likely be associated with some sort of tumor. Check w your doc on this. ...Read more

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Are enchondroma's caused by injury? Do they usually grow? How often should they be checked? I have one in my big toe. I'm 57.

Are enchondroma's caused by injury?  Do they usually grow? How often should they be checked?  I have one in my big toe. I'm 57.

Not usually: Enchondromas (a benign cartilage tumor) are usually thought to be from overgrowth of cartilage. They are benign, and don't usually cause problems, especially in a toe. Surgical removal can be an option, but only if your symptoms are bad. If this was discovered incidentally on xray, and you have no symptoms, it will only need to be checked periodically by your doctor (usually yearly). ...Read more

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Why is my big toe nail black?

Why is my big toe nail black?

Hematoma or melanoma: Most likely it is a hematoma or blood but there are rare cases of skin cancer, although very unusual in your age group. If you did not injure it you need to get it checked. ...Read more

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Tip of big toe pain, could this be deadly?

Tip of big toe pain, could this be deadly?

Big toe pain: Could this be deadly? Not likely. Melanoma or some other tumor could be deadly but this is very remote. It is most commonly a enchondroma (a bump on the bone under the nail). The is easily removed by your local podiatrist. You can try to change shoes and or pad the area and see if this takes pressure off the area. A x ray will often show if this is the likely cause of your pain. ...Read more

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How do I permanently cure myself of recurring pyogenic granuloma that has caused osteomylitis and amputation of a big toe?

Pyogenic granuloma: Removal of pyogenic granuloma is indicated to alleviate bleeding, discomfort, and in your case infections. A number of malignant tumors can mimic pyogenic granuloma, making histopathologic confirmation important. Ok to ask your doc for a surgical or wound care referral. Recurrence is not so common. Sorry you had such a loss related to this. ...Read more

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What is neuroma? I see this word a lot when asking about my recent issue with my right big toe and the swelling of the balls of my right foot. I can't walk or sleep. Please advise.

What is neuroma? I see this word a lot when asking about my recent issue with my right big toe and the swelling of the balls of my right foot. I can't walk or sleep. Please advise.

Neuroma: This is fibrous or scar like tissue entrapping a nerve. It doesn't happen with the big toe very often . From your description it sounds like you have more than one problem . See your podiatrist who will unravel this and help you. Good luck. ...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