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Can you get a red line/ mark on your foot that stays longer than the bruise if it is fractured?

Can you get a red line/ mark on your foot that stays longer than the bruise if it is fractured?

Potentially: Bruising represents bleeding into an area of soft tissues and usually resorbs over a 10-14 day period. A fracture takes usually 6-8 weeks to heal and may be associated with an ongoing inflammatory process during that time. ...Read more

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


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I really stubbed my toe yesterday its very swollen has bruising and blackness and redness all around my little toe I don't know what to do it hurts so bad?

I really stubbed my toe yesterday its very swollen has bruising and blackness and redness all around my little toe I don't know what to do it hurts so bad?

Tape to 4th toe: You may have a broken toe. You'll need an x-ray to know for sure. In the meantime you can reduce your symptoms by buddy taping to the 4 th toe. Put a piece of gauze between the toes nat tape them together. A shoe with a stiff bottom that doesn't bend easily will help as well. ...Read more

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Why are my toes swollen, itchy, red, and bruised?

Why are my toes swollen, itchy, red, and bruised?

Tinea Pedis...: Or athletes foot is most likely. Keep the feet dry and out of shoes as much as you can and apply an otc anti fungal for 4 weeks. If it gets worse, see a podiatrist ...Read more

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1 cm, perfectly circular bruise on top of foot. Very small pinpoint at center. No swelling, redness, raising, etc. What was I bit by? Cause for worry?

1 cm, perfectly circular bruise on top of foot. Very small pinpoint at center. No swelling, redness, raising, etc. What was I bit by? Cause for worry?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities, among the more common and sometimes concerning can be a spider bite, particularly a brown recluse spider. You should seek attention if the area becomes dark appearing or shows any sign of infection such as redness or swelling; or if the size of the area is increasing. ...Read more

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I stubbed my toe a week and a half ago, it bruised (pinkish red). But now its a dark purple color. Not my entire toe, just the spot I hit. What should I do?

I stubbed my toe a week and a half ago, it bruised (pinkish red). But now its a dark purple color. Not my entire toe, just the spot I hit. What should I do?

Normal healing: How is the pain? Purple color means not much. It is a normal healing process. As long as there is an improvement in the pain level then you are fine. If it is increasing you need to see your doctor, podiatrist for x-rays and further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a red middle toe that was once bruised so I changed shoes and (i exercise a lot) and three months later toe is still red and always sore!

I have a red middle toe that was once bruised so I changed shoes and (i exercise a lot) and three months later toe is still red and always sore!

Get a medical examin: An examination from your physician is necessary to be sure that you do not have growth or tumor affecting this area. An x-ray may be indicated. It could also be low grade infection. But only a physical exam from your doctor can sort it out. Do not delay it anymore as you already have watched it long enough. ...Read more

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I stubbed my pinky toe a few days ago and it is very red, swollen, and sensitive to touch. I am not sure if it is broken because there is no bruising.

I stubbed my pinky toe a few days ago and it is very red, swollen, and sensitive to touch. I am not sure if it is broken because there is no bruising.

It could be.: If it hurts to move it could be fractured. But a pinky toe rarely needs any special treatment. Sometimes buddy taping the 5th toe to the 4th toe helps. Also wearing a hard sole shoe helps. ...Read more

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I stubbed my toe (the one next to the pinky toe) three days ago, and it is still badly bruised. Looks purpleish red, certain areas blackish. It's no?

I stubbed my toe (the one next to the pinky toe) three days ago, and it is still badly bruised. Looks purpleish red, certain areas blackish. It's no?

Buddy taping.: As long as the stubbing has not left your toe with some obscene angular deformity, either up/down or right/ left, your toe will probably do just fine with a minimal amount of help. The blood is from vessels that have obviously been injured. The key now is prevent further injury as well as stabilize the toe so healing can proceed uninterrupted. Splinting seems to work in most cases. ...Read more

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Broken pinky toe? Stubbed it hard, its red and swollen. Cant bear any weight at all. Excruiting pain. No bruising yet. Been about 10 hrs.

Broken pinky toe? Stubbed it hard, its red and swollen. Cant bear any weight at all. Excruiting pain. No bruising yet. Been about 10 hrs.

Ice it: Definately could be broken, would recommend seeing a foot doc who will xray and possibly splint the digit and dispense a surgical shoe. The reason for the xray is to see if the joint is dislocated, if the fracture is intraarticular or if displaced. ...Read more

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Stubbed my big toe many times due to dizzyness, base of the nail is bright red and toe is swollen and bruised, can bend without pain. What is wrong?

Stubbed my big toe many times due to dizzyness, base of the nail is bright red and toe is swollen and bruised, can bend without pain. What is wrong?

Contusion: You have caused a contusion to your toe and toenail. I expect the toenail will come off and a new one will grow. All ias well. THE QUESTION IS WHY ARE YOU DIZZY//
Probably should connect with your PCP ...Read more

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Hello today in football At school I got kicked in the big toe it is pointing inwards is swollen is red is hot is bruised could it be broken and should?

Hello today in football At school I got kicked in the big toe it is pointing inwards is swollen is red is hot is bruised could it be broken and should?

Chances are good.: If the toe has an angular change since the injury, the chances are good that a fracture has occurred. You should have an x-ray taken to rule out the possibility. Apply ice to the area until the toe can be assessed properly. ...Read more

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My big toe on my right foot got bruised a year ago and ever since, the left side has been puffy and red. Every so often, it hurts and gets puss. What should I do?

My big toe on my right foot got bruised a year ago and ever since, the left side has been puffy and red. Every so often, it hurts and gets puss. What should I do?

INGROWN TOENAIL: This is a chronic low grade infection with extra granulation tissue formation and pus inside. Soak ur foot in warm water in a bucket 30 min 1-2 times/day, put one tablespoonful epsom salt. Release the nail angle so that pus comes out. Remember, when you clip your nail, don't cut the corners, wear loose fitting shoes. See your podiatrist, you might need antibiotic and some surgical cleaning. ...Read more

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My feet are in severe pain and also sometimes itchy. The tips of the toes, the ball of the foot, and heel are extremely tender. No redness or swelling?

My feet are in severe pain and also sometimes itchy. The tips of the toes, the ball of the foot, and heel are extremely tender. No redness or swelling?

Be seen: There are multiple potential causes including an abnormality in the feet themselves verses a vascular, rheumatologist, or neurological disorder. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can likely determine the cause. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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2nd toe has perm pins to straighten. 2wks ago I dinged the tip. Swelling & bruising gone, but now red, tightly swollen on joint below nail. Infected?

2nd toe has perm pins to straighten. 2wks ago I dinged the tip. Swelling & bruising gone, but now red, tightly swollen on joint below nail. Infected?

Inflammatory Rx.: There is no need to wonder if, and, or but. The toe has been traumatized and there is a potential for some serious complications. Get to the surgeons office and have it evaluated. Swelling could mean fracture, crack, infection or something else. To remove all doubt, have it checked out. ...Read more

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Been having toe pain. I dance and run and have had bunions forever. It's become inflamed, red, and bruised slightly below the joint. Pressure hurts.?

Been having toe pain. I dance and run and have had bunions forever. It's become inflamed, red, and bruised slightly below the joint. Pressure hurts.?

Bunions can...: Become painful, inflamed (tender to touch)and worse w/ activity. Bunion 'pads' may be helpful temporarily. Consult w/ your parent (s) and see an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Swollen foot. Not red/bruised. Top of foot hurts when I walk or bend my toes. Do I need to see a doc?

Swollen foot. Not red/bruised. Top of foot hurts when I walk or bend my toes. Do I need to see a doc?

Hurt Foot: You may have tendinitis which can be quite painful and related to various activities or the shoes you are wearing. Take an anti inflammatory like Advil (ibuprofen) and give it a couple of days. If there is no improvement, see a doc! ...Read more

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Top of left foot nickel size bruise grey under that is red. Only hurts to walk put too much pressure on it. Toes. 3 4 5 hurt to move. No stairs?

Top of left foot nickel size bruise grey under that is red. Only hurts to walk put too much pressure on it. Toes. 3 4 5 hurt to move. No stairs?

Stairs are: Really hard because you flex the ball of your foot and usually bend your toes. You might have a small fracture under the bruise with that much pain and might benefit from a surgical shoe. I might not cray it right away but watch it and see how you did in that hard soled shoe. Ice it 15 minutes 3 times a day for a few days. (you did not say what you did or when but it sounds pretty new) ...Read more

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My big toe is:Red around joint, bruised, painful to walk, swollen. I injured it jumping and landing on it turned. What do doctors do to an injured toe?

My big toe is:Red around joint, bruised, painful to walk, swollen. I injured it jumping and landing on it turned. What do doctors do to an injured toe?

All depends: On the extent of the injury which in your case can only e determined after seeing an X-ray. I would advise a doctors visit to a foot doctor. ...Read more

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SLE pt w/ bruising along calf vein since Thanksgiving, aches. Foot started swelling when on short plane trip otherwise no swelling or redness.

SLE pt w/ bruising along calf vein since Thanksgiving, aches. Foot started swelling when on short plane trip otherwise no swelling or redness.

SLE foot swelling: Follow up today with doc/ ER you need imaging of your calf and leg to rule out deep vein thrombosis as you are at higher risk since you have SLE and were on a recent plane trip. Deep vein thrombosis can lead to a pulmonary embolism so it is important you get follow up today. ...Read more

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Experiencing swelling, foot pain, foot tenderness to touch, cold feet, bruising (after trauma)hard to walk & redness. Dropped table on foot 2 days ago?

Experiencing swelling, foot pain, foot tenderness to touch, cold feet, bruising (after trauma)hard to walk & redness. Dropped table on foot 2 days ago?

Rule out fracture: You would benefit from a thorough orthopaedic foot and ankle evaluation that will include basic Xrays to evaluate for a bony fracture or subtle signs of midfoot instability or injury. ...Read more

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Red, swollen and tender to touch on third toe?

Red, swollen and tender to touch on third toe?

Go See Your Doctor!: Some part of the body that is tender, red and swollen is either infected, injured, metabolically compromised, or some combination of these. So think back, did you stub your toe and also get an abrasion on it then crush grapes in a septic tank all the while forgetting to take your insulin for the last month? Then you're in a world of trouble. More likely, though, is that you have an injury or infection. ...Read more

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My pinky toe is red, swollen and tender to the touch, what's wrong?

My pinky toe is red, swollen and tender to the touch, what's wrong?

Injury: Did you injure it, do you have ingrown toenail, see a podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Bug bite bottom of toe? Had ~4-5 days. Tender. Red area < than dime. Small amount of puss (like a pimple). Cleaned. Suggestions? Thx!

Bug bite bottom of toe? Had ~4-5 days. Tender. Red area < than dime. Small amount of puss (like a pimple). Cleaned. Suggestions? Thx!

Clean area: And see doctor as puss indicates infection. And some bites especially from spiders tend to get infected. ...Read more

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3rd toe on right foot is red, swollen and tender to touch?

3rd toe on right foot is red, swollen and tender to touch?

Infected toe?: This sounds like the making of a good infection, possible fracture, and less likely gout (but has to be considered). You need to see your doctor or local podiatrist ASAP. ...Read more

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