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

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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I want to know the best exercises for a fractured pinky toe?

I want to know the best exercises for a fractured pinky toe?

None?: I would not excercise a fractured pinky toe....resort to upper strength training....swimming might be okay if your foot is not slapping the water to hard... ...Read more

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I think my pinky toe is broken, what pain control meds do they give for this small fracture?

I think my pinky toe is broken, what pain control meds do they give for this small fracture?

Depends: The 1st thing to do is to determine if there is a fracture and if the toe alignment is poor.
Medication will then be prescribed as deemed needed for the injury. ...Read more

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I've fractured my pinky toe recently, what should I do?

Buddy Tape: Usually for these types of fractures, unless they are displaced (your toe sticks out), we recommend "buddy taping" the toe to the next toe. Place a thin piece of cotton or gauze between the toes first. Fractures can take up to 6 weeks to heal and the toe may stay swollen for several months. If the toe is displaced you may need to see a foot specialist. Wear a stiff shoe (eg running shoe). ...Read more

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I was told I have a hairline fracture in periosteum of pinky toe. What does that mean? I thought the periosteum was just a fibrous membrane?

I was told I have a hairline fracture in periosteum of pinky toe. What does that mean? I thought the periosteum was just a fibrous membrane?

You are right: You are right in saying that is not perfect terminology. The doctor may be implying that either you sustained a small occult fracture or that you injured the periosteum which can occur in a bone contusion. Either way, sound like a minor injury which should do well quickly. ...Read more

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What to do after a pinky toe fracture two+ years ago? My moms foot gets swollen and can hardly walk on it. She in pain. Pain relievers not working.

What to do after a pinky toe fracture two+ years ago? My moms foot gets swollen and can hardly walk on it. She in pain. Pain relievers not working.

Get an x-ray: Have a new x-ray taken to evaluate the bone. Often times after a fracture one may develop arthritis or a bony overgrowth. See a specialist and get their professional advice. ...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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What are long term effects that can come up from a spiral fracture in your hand?

What are long term effects that can come up from a spiral fracture in your hand?

Depends on...: How well the fracture is reduced and which bone is involved. For example, a spiral fracture of a metacarpal might not cause much deformity when the fingers are extended, but may cause the injured finger to cross its neighbor upon making a fist. Other deformities are possible. See a hand surgeon to assure the best healing and to minimize complications. ...Read more

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What can cause numbness on the left side of foot after a spiral fracture on side of foot?

Nerve truama: Numbness can happen as a result of either a direct or indirect nerve trauma. During the injury the nerve could have been lacerated. Prolonged swelling can also cause nerve damage leading to numbness. ...Read more

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My fifth toe is swollen & red & I cant bend it down or walk on it cause of an injury but x ray doesn't show fracture so what's the problem?

Toe pain: Toe pain can be the result of overuse with tendinitis, stress fracture, bunions or metabolic issues. It could also be an infection. Please further inquire with the physician where you had xrays completed on what to do next. ...Read more

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I had a displaced fracture of proximal phalanx of fifth toe two weeks ago. I am giving exams however, my foot swells a lot and has turned blue.?

Moving Along.: From your description, your toe is not hurting. Well not as much as it was two weeks ago. The blue coloring can occur from all the collateral damage incurred during the original injury. Normally, this clears up in time. I would think that a displaced toe would still be swollen even after two weeks. Your body is not satisfied that the fracture is stable and is using swelling to help. ...Read more

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I had a displaced fifth toe fracture 3 days ago reduced with buddy taping. I cant hang my foot down, results in severe pain. How should I walk?

Not my buddy: Since you mention displaced fracture and buddy taping, it sounds like it has already been examined, x-rayed and splinted by a pro. If not, do it. When a bone breaks blood to the bone increases, increasing the pressure. When you hang it down, the pressure increases more. That increases pain. Elevate it. The taping may be slowing the blood out of toe increasing pain. Adjust it. Use fx shoe, crutch. ...Read more

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When should I start walking after fifth toe displaced fracture? Ten days and still hurts when I lower my foot. New bruises also sprang up in foot

When should I start walking after fifth toe displaced fracture? Ten days and still hurts when I lower my foot. New bruises also sprang up in foot

Maybe a second look.: I would think that ten days is enough time to allow you to walk with some mild to moderate pain. Since you are seeing new bruising something else should be considered. While enjoying the toe fracture, did you fracture something else that is now affecting you recovery. You need to get the foot x-rayed and check for other fractures. Nsaids should take the edge off and perhaps an accommodating shoe. ...Read more

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I had fifth toe fracture last week. Yesterday I noted a large bruise in the centre of foot extremely painful and is not letting me hang my foot/walk?

I had fifth toe fracture last week. Yesterday I noted a large bruise in the centre of foot extremely painful and is not letting me hang my foot/walk?

BRUISE/SPRAIN: You hit your toe against something hard enough to break it. My guess is, you hit the rest of the foot hard also, but didn't notice it because the toe hurt so much. Now it's badly bruised.
Sincerely,
Dr. Latva ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the side of my toe beside my pinky toe. M?

I have a small bump on the side of my toe beside my pinky toe. M?

You might be: Describing an inflammed bursa if its on the pinky or you may be describing a tailors bunion, or possibly a corn on the toe. ...Read more

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Why is my pinky toe swollen and purple? What does this mean?

More info: Was there any trauma? Swelling and bruise could be a fracture, contusion and other causes but can answer better with more information. ...Read more

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I had pinky toe surgery and now my toe is 1/4 shorter. What to do?

I had pinky toe surgery and now my toe is 1/4 shorter. What to do?

Not much: Since surgery was done on the toe, there is not much you can do to restore the length. ...Read more

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

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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How should I treat a small crack on my pinky toe nail?

See below: Clean with warm soapy water, dry, apply antibiotic cream, apply band aid. If it looks infected see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my pinky toe is broken, sprained or bruised?

What's a good way to check if my pinky toe is broken, sprained or bruised?

Have it evaluated.: Pain, swelling, and bruising are signs of a possible fractured or sprained toe. Have it evaluated and x-rayed. ...Read more

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Is there any reason to go to a doctor for a broken pinky toe?

Yes: Especially if the toe looks out of place compared to how it looked before the injury. You also want to make sure it sets and heals in proper alignment, to prevent future deformity and arthritis issues. ...Read more

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I have a blister on my pinky toe it is very raw and nasty. My foot is very swallowen?

I have a blister on my pinky toe it is very raw and nasty. My foot is very swallowen?

Go to the Doctor: Your statement, not a question, is probably the very definition of when it is time to go see the doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Go see your doctor today. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of an ingrown toenail on my pinky toe?

How do I get rid of an ingrown toenail on my pinky toe?

Ingrown toenail: Start soaking 3x/day and apply topical neosporin. If it does not improve in a few days then see your doctor ...Read more

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If I'm getting the knuckle bone taken out of my pinky toe will I have to wear a special shoe or boot?

If I'm getting the knuckle bone taken out of my pinky toe will I have to wear a special shoe or boot?

Yes, for short time: You will need a post-op shoe or boot for part of your recovery. Ultimately you will be able to wear your normal shoes. ...Read more

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My horse stomped on the outside of my foot today. I was wearing boots. The bone that stretches to the pinky toe is killing me. Is it broken?

My horse stomped on the outside of my foot today. I was wearing boots. The bone that stretches to the pinky toe is killing me. Is it broken?

Hi Ho Silver: More than likely, Yes. But to be absolutely sure, an x-ray would be in order. Those dar n 5th metatarsals like to break easily and often. ...Read more

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I have what seems to be a deep callous on my foot pad beneath my right pinky toe. It is painful to walk on and sensitive. Has been 3 weeks. Any tips?

I have what seems to be a deep callous on my foot pad beneath my right pinky toe. It is painful to walk on and sensitive. Has been 3 weeks. Any tips?

Remove callus.: Try using utterbalm under occlusion to soften callus, warm water soaks followed by pumice stone will help remove callus. Be sure to wear supportive shoes with arch supports. If problem continues then see a podiatrist to help diagnose and treat the problem. ...Read more

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I fell on side of foot 6 weeks ago. Thought I may have just broken toe. Hurts on middle of foot on pinky toe side. Should I see doc? Worth the trip?

I fell on side of foot 6 weeks ago. Thought I may have just broken toe. Hurts on middle of foot on pinky toe side. Should I see doc? Worth the trip?

6 week old injury: The question is, is the pain getting better or worse. If pain is not improving at 6 weeks its time to see a foot specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Toes (Definition)

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