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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Foot or Toe Bruise

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced foot or toe bruise. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Toe Bruise

    Toe contusion (bruise) is the damage of the blood vessels (veins and capillaries) that return blood from your tissues back to the heart. The blood pools there and turns blue or purple. It's typically caused by a bump, hit, or fall.

    2-3 days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant foot pain, toe injury, toe pain from an injury, swollen toes, toe bruise(s)
    Symptoms that always occur with toe bruise:
    toe pain from an injury, toe injury, constant foot pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Toe Fracture

    Broken toes are very common and caused by either something falling on the toe (crush injury) or a stubbing of the toe situation.

    Up to 6 weeks to heal

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constant foot pain, toe injury, toe pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with toe fracture:
    toe injury, toe pain from an injury, constant foot pain
    Symptoms that never occur with toe fracture:
    toe dislocation, toe injury with broken skin
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Broken Ankle

    An ankle fracture is a break in 1 or more ankle bones.

    Depending on the type of fracture, recovery may take up to a year.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant ankle pain, swollen ankle, pain in one ankle, ankle pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with broken ankle:
    pain in one ankle, swollen ankle, ankle pain from an injury, constant ankle pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  4. 4.Jones Fracture (Broken Foot)

    A Jones Fracture is a fracture of a bone on the outside of the foot (called the fifth metatarsal). A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that develops with time), or a sudden break due to trauma. This can result in pain, swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot.

    6-8 weeks healing time with cast or splint.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, foot bruise, foot injury
    Symptoms that always occur with jones fracture (broken foot):
    foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, constant foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain in the outside of the foot
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  5. 5.Broken Foot (Navicular Bone Fracture)

    The navicular is one of the bones of the foot.

    6 weeks of no weight bearing, and 6 more weeks until complete recovery.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, recent ankle injury, foot pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with broken foot (navicular bone fracture):
    pain in one foot, constant foot pain, recent ankle injury
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  6. 6.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    An uncomplicated foot sprain should improve in 3-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, limping, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Foot or Toe Bruise

  • Q.Are you having any difficulty walking?
  • Q.Did you suffer a sudden, physical injury to your toe(s)?
  • Q.Where exactly is the bruising?
  • Q.How would you describe your walk?

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Foot or Toe Bruise Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced foot or toe bruise have also experienced:

    • 9% Foot Pain
    • 9% Foot Bruise
    • 8% Pain in the Top of the Foot
  • People who have experienced foot or toe bruise had symptoms persist for:

    • 41% Less Than a Week
    • 29% Less Than a Day
    • 11% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced foot or toe bruise were most often matched with:

    • 54% Broken Ankle
    • 36% Toe Fracture
    • 9% Toe Bruise
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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