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Why is my toe nail is blue? My big toe nail turned blue for no reason, it looks bruised but I never dropped any thing on it. It looks like a blood cloth under my nail. This has happned to my sister and her toe nail fell off. Maybe we share the same shoes

Why is my toe nail is blue? My big toe nail turned blue for no reason, it looks bruised but I never dropped any thing on it. It looks like a blood cloth under my nail. This has happned to my sister and her toe nail fell off. Maybe we share the same shoes

Bleeding under the nail: The most common reason why a nail become the blue is usually due to blood but that accumulates under the nail. This could be due to direct trauma or it could be due to shoes that are too short and there is continual trauma to the nail and eventually it will turn blue. ...Read more

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I injured my toes recently and both my big toes turned balck/blue under the nail. Can the consistent bruising become a real problem?

I injured my toes recently and both my big toes turned balck/blue under the nail. Can the consistent bruising become a real problem?

I think you'll: Be fine. The blood colored nail should grow out as the nail grows. At times, it can cause the nail to fall off. Sometimes, the trauma can make the nail susceptible to fungus. If you have any concerns see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Big toe turning blue?

Big toe turning blue?

Circulation: Without a prior history of trauma to case bruising, my first thought would be poor circulation. As tissues receive less oxygenated blood, they turn blue and dusky. This needs to be checked promptly. See a podiatrist for an examination. If findings warrant, they will order circulation testing and possibly even refer you to a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a horizontal black/blue line across the middle of my big toe for months I haven't hit it or anything, now my other big toe is getting it..

Subtle trauma: Most often these lines in the nail (beaus lines (sp?) occur as the result of trauma, but frequetly not a single episode like dropping somthing on the toe. Can be seen in runners. Often seen after wearing shoes a little to small. ...Read more

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3 days ago my right big toe started to hurt when I put weight on it. Today I noticed a small black and blue circle on the bottom. Not sure what it is!

3 days ago my right big toe started to hurt when I put weight on it. Today I noticed a small black and blue circle on the bottom. Not sure what it is!

Toe Bruise..: If it is black and blue, then you have managed to traumatize the soft tissue elements, causing a bleed and subsequent bruise formation. It is probably only soft tissue damage but without an x-ray a fracture cannot be ruled out. Consultation with a Healthtap specialist could be a benefit. ...Read more

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Big toe turns red and blue what can it be?

Infected: Ingrown toenails could do that. Does the toenail look ingrown or infected? ...Read more

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Why does gout start in the big toe, and then after the attack it all turns black and blue?

Why does gout start in the big toe, and then after the attack it all turns black and blue?

Cool: Gout often happens in a cool joint where uric acid crystallizes. The toes are the coolest joints in the body being furthest from the heart where the blood is the warmest.
Gout does not usually leave joints black and blue. ...Read more

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I, as a sous chef, work 12 hours a day. Recently my big toe turns blue/green at the end but by the next day it's back to normal. I'm growing concerned?

Circulation: Your problem sounds like it's vascular in nature. A vascular problem could be benign or may need intervention. Only a thorough work up by your doctor would determine this. ...Read more

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I accidentally dropped a big can of frozen ice cream on my big toe. Now, 3 days later the black and blue has gotten much bigger. Should I be worried?

I accidentally dropped a big can of frozen ice cream on my big toe. Now, 3 days later the black and blue has gotten much bigger. Should I be worried?

Get an X- ray: If your big toe is discolored it could be a bruise or a fracture. If it is difficult to " toe-off" when you walk get an x-ray ...Read more

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Banged big toe on a chair Saturday and it really hurts and it is swollen and black and blue.... Hot or cold compress?

Cold: To help relieve inflammation. If your pain is yet to improve, consider seeing a doctor just to ensure that you did not fracture your toe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I cut my big toe on a rock in the river. It didn't bleed a lot, butwent blue under the surface. Its a 11/2 inches long cut. Do I need stitches?

Better safe: Get it checked out, flushed, and then your pcp can decide if you need antibiotics and stitches. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Should I see a doc for a stunned big toe that is black and blue and cannot bear weight? Injured it yesterday and have repeatedly hurt it since.

Should I see a doc for a stunned big toe that is black and blue and cannot bear weight? Injured it yesterday and have repeatedly hurt it since.

Could be broken.: Yes, see a doctor. It sounds like that could be a broken toe. The big toe is really your most important tow, mans sometimes breaks require casting or even surgical repair. I'd go to an ED or urgent care center in your neighborhood for an Xray right away. ...Read more

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Help my big toe nail has been discolored for about 6 months now. At first it was reddish blue and now it's blackish bluish and a little green now.

Help my big toe nail has been discolored for about 6 months now. At first it was reddish blue and now it's blackish bluish and a little green now.

Hematoma: It sounds like a subungual hematoma. This happens usually from injury from injury to toe. Reddish blue is most likely active bleeding and black is old. The green is concerning. It should be evaluated for healing/infection. There are some bacteria that turn things green so you should see a podiatrist to evaluate. Healing bruises also turn many colors. The bruise has to grow out. ...Read more

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Medium soft inner lump / abscess on the left big toe for about three months now. Become larger with time. Light blue color. Doesn't hurt. What is it?

Hard to tell: It doesn't sound like an abcess. Either way you should be seen by a podiatrist. Any lump that becomes larger with time can be cause for concern. Hard to say without seeing it. It could be a cyst, a skin lesion, a vascular growth, infection. Get seen.
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My son dropped a drawer on his big toe. The mail has gone blue and there is a cut on the skin. We have applied ice and given neurofen. Anything else?

My son dropped a drawer on his big toe. The mail has gone blue and there is a cut on the skin. We have applied ice and given neurofen. Anything else?

Drawer, big toe: The blue color is blood under the nail plate if he is having significant pain the blood should be evacuated from under the nail also I would recommend X-rays to rule out a fracture of bone that is directly under his nail plate there is potential for infection going to the bone which can lead to serious complications ...Read more

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A few days ago my right big toe started feeling tight and tingled and a big circle of skin formed under my toe. Its now black and blue but doesn't hurt?

A few days ago my right big toe started feeling tight and tingled and a big circle of skin formed under my toe. Its now black and blue but doesn't hurt?

Hematoma..: It sound like you have managed to traumatize the bottom of your toe causing a hematoma. It is probably best to have the toe evaluated to any possible problems. ...Read more

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"Sprained" my big toe 2 months ago in soccer, and it instantly turned black and blue. Toe is still swollen and painful in spots. Is this normal?

"Sprained" my big toe 2 months ago in soccer, and it instantly turned black and blue. Toe is still swollen and painful in spots. Is this normal?

No: No, not normal. Certainly consistent with a number of potential injuries to the toe. If you are still having trouble with it, I would consider being seen for an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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So earlier today, I accidentally kicked a Stray brick and hurt my Big Toe Badly. It hurts to walk and is blue on the nail. What do I do?

So earlier today, I accidentally kicked a Stray brick and hurt my Big Toe Badly. It hurts to walk and is blue on the nail. What do I do?

Big toe: You have bleeding under the nail. Go to the ER. They can release the trapped blood under your toe. At the same time they will take an x-ray to rulel out a fracture of the big toe ...Read more

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Does Achilles tendonitis cause my big toe turn blue?

Does Achilles tendonitis cause my big toe turn blue?

Shouldn't: Toes turning blue sounds like a vascular problem. I would get it checked out. Achilles tendinitis should cause pain on the crack of ankle ...Read more

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My husband is a roofer his big toe under pounds of shingles, was pushed backwards, is very tender, black and blue, not broken what can stop the pain?

My husband is a roofer his big toe under pounds of shingles, was pushed backwards, is very tender, black and blue, not broken what can stop the pain?

Rice it.: Check that he can still move his toe. There is probably some extensive soft tissue injury to the bottom of the toe. You need to use the RICE protocol. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The idea is to stop or slow the swelling. The ice and elevation will help. Try some OTC pain relievers to help. See a specialist if the condition does not improve or if he is unable to flex his big toe. ...Read more

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My husband is a roofer his big toe under pounds of shingles, was pushed backwards, is very tender, black and blue, not broken what can stop the pain?

My husband is a roofer his big toe under pounds of shingles, was pushed backwards, is very tender, black and blue, not broken what can stop the pain?

Bandage: Continue to wear protective foot wear. Some people find it helpfull to buddy tape the toe to the second toe or simply wrapping the toe in a bulky bandage. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for pain. ...Read more

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A heavy bowl fell on my big toe, my toe nail is blue n green and throbbing, have I broke my toe?

A heavy bowl fell on my big toe, my toe nail is blue n green and throbbing, have I broke my toe?

No: Unless the injury is very severe the more common cause would be subungual hematoma. That is blood under the nail plate and is very painful. Go to an urgent care center or emergency room. The doctor can use electro cautery to make holes in the nail plate and express the blood out giving immediate relief. ...Read more

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I smashed my big toe a d it bleed alot but has almost stoped the to nail has blue under it all of it what should I do should I go to doctor?

I smashed my big toe a d it bleed alot but has almost stoped the to nail has blue under it all of it what should I do should I go to doctor?

Subungual Hematoma: You have a subungual hematoma. This is blood under the nail. A doctor can poke holes in the nail to drain the blood, but no treatment is really required. Just be aware that your toenail may fall off. If it does, new toenail will grow in 6-12 months. Hope this helps! I have included a picture for your reference. ...Read more

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Glass shower door came off the track. Trying to get it back on, I dropped it on my big toe. No pain now, but blue at the cubical and lower toe nail.

Glass shower door came off the track. Trying to get it back on, I dropped it on my big toe. No pain now, but blue at the cubical and lower toe nail.

GREAT TOENAIL INJURY: THE BLUE COLOR AT THE CUTICLE IS TRAPPED BLOOD.
NOT TO WORRY. IT WILL ALL GROW OUT PROPERLY IN A FEW MONTHS.
BE CAREFUL. . . ...Read more

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A 4kg kettlebell fell slightly on my big toe on the left foot. Half the toenail is blue and it hurts. What should I do? Is it fractured?

A 4kg kettlebell fell slightly on my big toe on the left foot. Half the toenail is blue and it hurts. What should I do? Is it fractured?

See foot doc: U need an X-ray plius not sure if the nail is blue or the toe, if the nail is luvs you may need the blood drained or the nail removed. ...Read more