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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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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Foot pain while running a long outside of foot for a while (from just under pinky toe to mid foot) after a long run brushing and swelling on outside of foot near pinky toe, bunionette or possible stress fracture?

Foot pain while running a long outside of foot for a while (from just under pinky toe to mid foot) after a long run brushing and swelling on outside of foot near pinky toe, bunionette or possible stress fracture?

Stress fracture: Your story sounds pretty typical for a stress fracture (running, location of pain, associated symptoms). Wear a rigid, supportive shoe; see your Family Doc; get foot x-rays; and base further treatment on those results. ...Read more

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Can athletes foot cause a pinky toe to swell up and cause pain half way up a foot to the point of intense pain and unable to walk?

Can athletes foot cause a pinky toe to swell up and cause pain half way up a foot to the point of intense pain and unable to walk?

This does not sound: Like athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is a fungal infection, which causes a red, itchy and possibly slightly painful rash, but does not cause the kind of pain and swelling you are describing. Please see your doctor to get properly evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Cause of big toe swelling?

Cause of big toe swelling?

Many possible causes: Some causes of toe swelling can include localized issues such as arthritis, infection, ingrown toe nails, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis, tight shoes) gout, and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How can big toe swelling be treated?

How can big toe swelling be treated?

Depends on the cause: Some causes of toe swelling can include localized issues such as arthritis, infection, ingrown toe nails, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis, tight shoes) gout, and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Big toe swelling?

What is the definition or description of: Big toe swelling?

Mr. Big Stuff.: Described as an edematous toe or an enlargement of the great toe area caused by the retention of water. This swelling may or may not be accompanied by redness, heat, pain or a limited range of movement. ...Read more

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What should I do for second toe swelling and redness if there's no pain?

What should I do for second toe swelling and redness if there's no pain?

See doctor: This could be due to a multiple of problems including a broken toe, bone infection, abscess to the toe, gout, etc. The only way to know for sure is to see your podiatrist, before the problem becomes worse. ...Read more

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I have severe toe swelling after I rolled my ankle, what should I do?

I have severe toe swelling after I rolled my ankle, what should I do?

Have it evaluated.: Some causes of toe swelling can include localized issues such as arthritis, infection, ingrown toe nails, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis, tight shoes) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do about toe swelling and pain?

What can I do about toe swelling and pain?

Ice and elevation: Toe pain especially 1st toe pain can come from a variety of factors such as gout. If the toe is red hot and swollen then you will need to consult your local podiatrist. Also, if any trauma happen to the toe with swelling, ice and elevation are great techniques to reduce swelling and pain. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get toe swelling?

How common is it for somebody to get toe swelling?

Toe swelling: Unfortunately, the causes of a digit swelling are numerous. From infectious to traumatic to orthopedic to metabolic. The cause of the swelling needs to be determined so that appropriate treatment plan can be implemented. Swelling of a toe is not uncommon, however. ...Read more

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How long does it take for toe swelling to go down?

It depends: On what caused it. For example toe swelling as a post op complication is difficult to get rid of and takes a long time. Toes can be wrapped (be careful not to cut off circulation) with a material like coban, or coflex one inch. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Toe swelling?

What is the definition or description of: Toe swelling?

Toe swelling.: Toe swelling or edema, is the enlargement of the toe as compared to other surrounding toes or from the toe's normal size. This enlargement is usually caused by an accumulation of fluid within the tissue spaces of the toe. ...Read more

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41 year old male having toe swelling and pain after toes being cold?

41 year old male having toe swelling and pain after toes being cold?

Have it evaluated.: Some causes of toe swelling can include localized issues such as arthritis, infection, ingrown toe nails, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis, tight shoes) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My child had toe swelling that became painful after a month. What should we do?

Have it evaluated.: Have it evaluated by a professional and determine the cause of the pain and swelling. ...Read more

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I am experiencing toe tenderness to touch and toe swelling.

I am experiencing toe tenderness to touch and toe swelling.

Varies: Multiple potential causes including traumatic, inflammatory, infectious, or related to pressure phenomena among other potential causes. A brief exam would likely tell the cause, don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I am experiencing big toe swelling and it is full of puss around the nail?

I am experiencing big toe swelling and it is full of puss around the nail?

Ingrown Nail: Sounds like an ingrown nail, where part of the nail is pushing into the skin. Could the nail have been traumatized? This needs to be checked out by your physician or a podiatrist (foot specialist). Don't wait. ...Read more

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I am experiencing toe swelling and pain shooting down my leg from knee injury. It hurts when laying on it. What should I do?

I am experiencing toe swelling and pain shooting down my leg from knee injury. It hurts when laying on it. What should I do?

Action is Knee-ded.: Pain and swelling are pretty good indicators that something is definitely amiss. An evaluation by a knee specialist, if not your first step, is on the horizon. A detailed history of the injury as well a thorough knee evaluation should start the ball rolling. ...Read more

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I am experiencing toe swelling, heel pain and foot swelling (quality: in the big toe). The following also describes me: Foot pain. What should I do?

I am experiencing toe swelling, heel pain and foot swelling (quality: in the big toe). The following also describes me: Foot pain. What should I do?

Toe pain: You should show to your Dr and give more details such as when does it come on, what makes it better, what new exercise have you been doing. Are you wearing high heels a lot? So you can find out what is causing this. Then you will know what to do. ...Read more

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Bruised spot on lower left leg. Gradually getting bigger and darker. Shooting pain to ankle and 3 & 4 toe. Swelling constantly.

Bruised spot on lower left leg. Gradually getting bigger and darker. Shooting pain to ankle and 3 & 4 toe. Swelling constantly.

You didn't mention: How it all started, but you need to get medical help immediately if it's spreading! Don't delay. Bruises don't grow, but spider bites with venom do, and especially causing pain. Put ice on it now, elevate it. NO running, and go to the ER and get some medical help on this. Does not sound like it's going away on it's own. ...Read more

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Toe swelling and pain==go to gp, podiatrist, ortho foot doctor?

All can treat you.: Go to your gp and get a referral to see the podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing foot itching and toe inflammation. The following also describe me: Foot redness, Toe swelling, and Skin rash. What should I do? It has been itching since last night. I went hiking but no one else got itchy feet.

I am experiencing foot itching and toe inflammation. The following also describe me: Foot redness, Toe swelling, and Skin rash. What should I do? It has been itching since last night. I went hiking but no one else got itchy feet.

? athlete's foot: You could consider a trial of athlete's foot spray (usually lotrimin or tinactin spray) which are active against yeasts, e.g. Candida albicans.
It is a moist environment that allows for growth of these fungi on the skin of the feet. Give it a try for the next few days and determine if it settles down. Otherwise, see a physician. ...Read more

Toe Swelling (Definition)

Toe swelling or edema, is the enlargement of the toe as compared to other surrounding toes or from the toe's normal size. This enlargement is usually caused by an accumulation of fluid within the tissue ...Read more


Toes (Definition)

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