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How can you tell if swelling on a toe is due to a fracture or just bruising? I am in ukraine and it is not easy to find a reliable doctor here.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: Can be hard to tell
If a toe is swollen from trauma, one can try to move the joints of the toe.
If the joints are movable in the normal directions, without crunching noises, without severe pain, then it is probably not broken. If the toe is crooked, has great pain when moved, or looks shorter than normal, it probably is broken. Many times it is hard to tell without an x-ray, so a doctor's evaluation may be needed.

In brief: Can be hard to tell
If a toe is swollen from trauma, one can try to move the joints of the toe.
If the joints are movable in the normal directions, without crunching noises, without severe pain, then it is probably not broken. If the toe is crooked, has great pain when moved, or looks shorter than normal, it probably is broken. Many times it is hard to tell without an x-ray, so a doctor's evaluation may be needed.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Pain
Fractures are usually much more painful than sprains.
One tool we use in the office besides x-rays is a tuning fork. Vibrate the tuning fork and touch the toe with it. If there is significant pain than the bone may be fractured.

In brief: Pain
Fractures are usually much more painful than sprains.
One tool we use in the office besides x-rays is a tuning fork. Vibrate the tuning fork and touch the toe with it. If there is significant pain than the bone may be fractured.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Dr. Oliver Wang
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