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Doctor insights on: Recurring Toe Swelling

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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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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?

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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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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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

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Cousin diagnosis with reactive arthritis after admitted to hosp with extreme toe swelling and high fever. What infections might cause? Bacterial? Viral?

Cousin diagnosis with reactive arthritis after admitted to hosp with extreme toe swelling and high fever. What infections might cause? Bacterial? Viral?

Reactive arthritis: The most common triggers are intestinal infections (with salmonella, shigella or campylobacter) and sexually transmitted infections (with chlamydia trachomatis or neisseria gonorrheae). It represents an autoimmune reaction to the infection. Many times the initial infection may have resolved. ...Read more

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Sprain left big toe swelling and painful been resting it (sunday) taking 200mg of ibuprofen any thing else I can do to help to he al it also there is swelling on the ball of mt foot and on the side of the big toe

Many possibilities: Some causes of your swelling can localized issues such as arthritis, cellulitis, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis). Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Toe pads swelling what to do?

Toe pads swelling what to do?

Ice: Them and cushion them for starters. Can take an antiinflammatory if not contraindicated. Bad shoe day? ...Read more

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Swelling on my hammer toe and hurts?

Swelling on my hammer toe and hurts?

Hammer Time.: Hammer toes can certainly be painful at times and along with pain, they can be swollen. Hammer toes can be of flexible or rigid variety. Either way, when higher that normal pressure is being applied to the toe, it will react. The reaction is pain, swelling, redness and often callous formation. In extreme cases, the toe can ulcerate and start an infection process. Best to have it examined. ...Read more

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Strange swelling between my toes and numbness?

Morton's neuroma: Most likely cause is a localized swelling of a digital nerve caused by compression between adjacent bones. However fractures, abscesses, foreign bodies can all cause similar swelling and numbness. ...Read more

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How to deal with post op swelling and pain on my toe?

See below: You should talk to your surgeon.
You can try elevation and ice as well as aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

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I wake up with pain in my right big toe ans swelling?

Gout: Big toe is number ONE joint tobe effected in gout. See your doctor, get started on meds, check uric acid levels. ...Read more

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I broke my baby toe over two weeks ago. How long should the pain and swelling last?

About 6 weeks: The pain should improve quickly, but the swelling may take somewhat longer to resolve. ...Read more

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My toes are swollen and cold and they are blue, what should I do? When I try to worm them the swelling increases

My toes are swollen and cold and they are blue, what should I do? When I try to worm them the swelling increases

Needs evaluation: Toes and other extremities can be swollen for a variety of reasons: injury, exposure to cold temps, etc. Based on your description, I would recommend evaluation by your pcp or a vascular surgeon. There are some common conditions (raynauds) which can cause the symptoms you describe but more serious problems need to be ruled out first. ...Read more

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There is swelling in left toe but no pain and I have gout with uwric acid level 5.8.How to remove or cure the swelling? Please reply

There is swelling in left toe but no pain and I have gout with uwric acid level 5.8.How to remove or cure the swelling? Please reply

Anti inflammatories: Acute gout causes swelling and pain in a joint like the big toe. It is common for docs to treat it with a med like indomethacin (a prescription NSAID). Chronic gout can cause uric acid deposits in joints to develop called tophi. These are not often painful but can cause swelling in joints that don't resolve right away. Talk to your doc to discuss these issues and treatment options. ...Read more

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What are the causes for swelling of the toes?

Swelling: The most common reasons are local inflammation, dietary issues, vein dysfunction, pulmonary issues, cardiac issues or kidney issues. Start by seeing a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My toe is still swelling up. How concerned should I be?

My toe is still swelling up. How concerned should I be?

More info needed: To receive an answer that will be more helpful, you need to give more information...Your health status, any problems such as gout, diabetes or blood pressure concerns. You should state how long it has been a problem and what you do to make it feel better. Also tells us what it looks like. Is it discolored, swollen or point tender. The more you tell the better the answer. ...Read more

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What do I do for sudden swelling of toes of one foot?

What do I do for sudden swelling of toes of one foot?

Visit a doctor: To find the cause. Toes don't just suddenly swell! Particularly in one foot. Examine closely, look for a possible bug bite, look for any interruption in skin from maybe a fungus etc...A podiatrist will be able to help. ...Read more

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How long before the swelling of a broken toe subsides?

How long before the swelling of a broken toe subsides?

Six to eight weeks: Most toe fractures heal in four to six weeks but swelling may take longer to resolve. ...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