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I have a broken pinky toe at joint does it require a boot and crutches? I rest it

I have a broken pinky toe at joint does it require a boot and crutches? I rest it

Not usually: Wear an open toed shoe so no pressure is on it. Splint the toe to the toe next to it. ...Read more

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Hi, I have really bad pain on the lateral side of my foot when I push down on it. It is most severe when I push down at the joint of my pinky toe.?

Hi, I have really bad pain on the lateral side of my foot when I push down on it. It is most severe when I push down at the joint of my pinky toe.?

Schedule Appt: See a physician for an evaluation and possible radiographs. Radiographs are simple and are a first line tool in evaluating foot structure as is a clinical examination into the source of your pain. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my dislocated pinky toe to heal? I dislocated my pinky toe two days ago - the joint was inverted (i.E. The toe was pointed up). I popped it back in myself a few seconds after it happened. It burned and felt numb that evening bu

How long will it take for my dislocated pinky toe to heal? I dislocated my pinky toe two days ago - the joint was inverted (i.E. The toe was pointed up). I popped it back in myself a few seconds after it happened. It burned and felt numb that evening bu

You: You mean the one that went wee-wee-wee all the way home?

You either fractured it or dislocated it. My guess is you fractured it based on the fact it turned back and blue. Our bones are a tremendous reservoir for blood. When you break a bone, a good amount of blood escapes out into the soft tissues, and it could take a day or two before the blood makes it to the skin where we start to see discoloration. Ice helps during the first 24 hours, after that, not much. Heat would make it worse, so other than getting the thing x-rayed to see exactly what kind of damage was done, there is not much more you can do.

If the fracture involves the joint, you'll probably develop arthritis in the joint. It's a very small joint, so this won't be a disabling sort of arthritic condition, just an annoyance.

You can't tape a 5th toe (or a big toe) because the 5th and 1st toes move in different directions during the gait cycle than the middle toes. So (take a deep breath now).... You can tape a 2nd to a 3rd, or a 3rd to a 4th, or a 2nd to a 3rd and a 4th, but you can't tape a 1st to a 2nd or a 4th to a 5th. (exhale now)

the risk you run in running on it before it has a chance to heal is a non-union. You'll be spending the rest of your life in pain if you develop a non-union, and the only way around that is to have surgery to re-break the little guy and pin it for 6 weeks. So do yourself a favor and try and stay off the thing for a minimum of a month, and don't run for 6 weeks post-injury. If you do that, the chances are excellent your little piggy will live a long, happy and pain-free life on his way home. ...Read more

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I have problems with my legs. I'm very young and I'm feeling excruciating pain in my legs. I have pain in my knees, shins, heel (anterior and posterior), and my feet (toe joint next to my big toe joint and the tendon that connects my pinky toe on top of t

I have problems with my legs. I'm very young and I'm feeling excruciating pain in my legs. I have pain in my knees, shins, heel (anterior and posterior), and my feet (toe joint next to my big toe joint and the tendon that connects my pinky toe on top of t

It's: It's always a challenge trying to give specific answers without the benefit of an examination or the ability to ask you specific questions.

That being said, the fact that you can run probably excludes any vascular issue like poor circulation (which is unlikely in a younger person). Knowing you have flat feet, and given the widespread involvement that is limited to only your lower extremities, the first thing I would investigate is a biomechanical cause for your symptoms. If your foot structure is such that it's causing your leg muscles to overwork in an effort to compensate for the structural issues, that most certainly can cause all sorts of muscle fatigue, heel pain, shin splints, low-grade tendonitis, etc.

I would recommend seeing a podiatrist and get a biomechanical examination. Orthotics, either a good over-the-counter kind, or a custom molded pair will improve your symptoms dramatically. Also, needless to say, make sure you take enough time to stretch before and after each run.

Good luck. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Pain in back, left leg thigh joint, left leg bone below knee, pain in foot bone near pinky toe & one beside it, glucose levels r elevated bordererline?

Sciatica: There are multiple potential causes, among the more common is a sciatica, which is pain from an irritated nerve in the back. I would not hesitate to be seen and treated for it. ...Read more

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What is the circle on my pinky toe?

What is the circle on my pinky toe?

Likely a corn: That can be filed with an emory board. ...Read more

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What could be causing my pinky toe to spasm randomly?

What could be causing my pinky toe to spasm randomly?

Possible: Vitamin deficiency like magnesium or potassium. Recommend you see a foot doc who can rule that out along with any biomechanical possible cause. ...Read more

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Can you dislocate your pinky toe?

Can you dislocate your pinky toe?

Yes: You can dislocate any toe and or any finger. Any joint for that matter can be dislocated. ...Read more

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I have a broken or dislocated pinky toe?

I have a broken or dislocated pinky toe?

Get an x-ray.: See a doctor and go for an x-ray. Depending on how long ago it happened and exactly where the fracture is (most pinky toes have 3 bones) will determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

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My pinky toe has a blister. Should I pop it?

My pinky toe has a blister. Should I pop it?

Maybe not: Probably best to cover it with a loose bandage and allow it to heal on its own. This is particularly true if you have underlying diabetes, cancer or the blister being due to conditions such as chickenpox. ...Read more

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Wht can I do to heal the crack skin under my pinky toe?

Wht can I do to heal the crack skin under my pinky toe?

Cream: If there is no infection and it is just dry skin, use a urea cream. Make sure there is no possibility of athlete's foot or a bacterial infection. If it does hurt please see a physician. ...Read more

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My pinky toe is swollen and the swelling won't go down. What might help?

My pinky toe is swollen and the swelling won't go down. What might help?

May need Xrayfrac: When just the 5th digit is swollen I would think of a fracture depending on how much pain you are having. You should see a podiatrist for an exam and xrays. ...Read more

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Broken or fractured pinky toe? It's swollen. How to tell the difference.

X-rays: The best way to tell if it is broken and not just swollen is to have radiographs taken. ...Read more

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I have a hard kind of pimple on the bottom of my pinky toe it is skin. ..?

Several options: Depending on what the pimple or bump looks like, you could have an insect bite of some sort, a cyst, stepped on something. There are a variety of things it could be. If it is painful or creating problems get checked out by a podiatrist. If it is getting bigger or changing colors definitly get checked out. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a purple/black spot on the tip of your pinky toe?

What does it mean when you have a purple/black spot on the tip of your pinky toe?

See below: It could just be a hematoma from a bruise or it could be more serious such as an melanoma.

See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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I've a swollen red and itchy pinky toe for the past few days. Do u know what this could be?

I've a swollen red and itchy pinky toe for the past few days. Do u know what this could be?

Many things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the left side of my right pinky toe. It is red and swollen. What is it?

Could be anything: It really could be anything ranging from an injury to a soft tissue or bony growth, a callous or even a foreign body. Without a proper physical examination, you will not be able to tell what it is. It would be best to consult with your healthcare provider or podiatrist to determine what is going on with this toe. ...Read more

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My sons pinky toe got slammed in our front door. It's bleeding and throbbing. What can I do for him?

Take to the ER: It needs to be checked to make sure there is no fracture or laceration requiring stitches. ...Read more

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My pinky toe is swollen and red. It is painful to touch as well. What could be the cause of this problem?

????: More info would certainly be helpful. New pair of shoes? Bump it and possibly broken? ...Read more

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Can you have a corn in between your fourth toe and your pinky toe and if so what can I do to get rid of it?

Yes- common: It is very possible to have a corn between the 4th and 5th toes, usually caused by a bone spur or a toe out of place. A podiatrist can remove the corn but it will return. You can use toe spacers, the gels are better. Last resort- surgery ...Read more

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My pinky toes have become tender to the touch and appears swollen out of no where especially my right pinky toe?

My pinky toes have become tender to the touch and appears swollen out of no where especially my right pinky toe?

Check your shoe size: Make sure that your shoes are not causing this swelling from not being wide enough for your foot? At the end of the day this can be more pronounced than when you get up, and are walking around barefoot. If it has been a chronic problem, you need to see your PCP or your podiatrist to have this evaluated further. Since it's bilateral (both feet), it will be easier to treat together & may be simple. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

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