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Your Toe Bruise(s) May Also be Known as:
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Top 10 Toe Bruise(s) Causes

  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.

    You can safely treat this at home with rest (no exercise), ice (10-20 minutes at a time), compression (via tape or a wrap), and elevation (putting your feet up. Over-the-counter pain medications can also be used if the pain is really bothering you.

    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.Foot Bruise

    A foot contusion (bruise) is the result of physical damage to the veins and capillaries (which help move blood back toward the heart). The blood pools in the damaged area and creates that blue/purple color.

    You can take care of this at home with rest, ice, keeping your foot up, and over-the-counter pain medication

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, foot bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with foot bruise:
    foot pain from an injury, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot bruise:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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.

    You should go to a retail clinic to have the foot sprain evaluated. Most often, minor sprains can be treated by resting the foot, elevating it while sitting or laying down, and applying an ice pack or heat. Over-the-counter pain medication can help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, limping, foot injury, 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
  4. 4.Gout

    Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. The big toe is often affected.

    You should see a healthcare professional to ensure uric acid crystals have not accumulated in the joint. A physician can give you a shot of corticosteroids or prescribe a daily medication to prevent gout attacks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen toes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.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.

    You should see your primary care doctor or an urgent care in the next day. X-rays would be taken to determine if it's a fracture or a bad bruise (toe contusion). Treatment is simple, just putting the toe in the right place and taping it to its healthy neighbor toe.

    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

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  6. 6.Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy

    Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy is the dysfunction of a tendon (muscles to bones) in the back of the foot, which can lead to having flat feet. It's unclear why exactly it happens, but might be related to poor blood flow and mechanical issues specific to the person.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can diagnose this condition by clinical interview and exam. Treatment is conservative and involves a cast, over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, and orthotic footwear. Surgery is a last resort.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, swollen foot, limping, pain in one ankle, heel pain
    Symptoms that never occur with posterior tibialis tendinopathy:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Iliotibial (It) Band Syndrome

    Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is the lateral knee pain that results from overuse that occurs after repetitive motion. It is the most common cause of lateral knee pain in runners and cyclists.

    You should go see your doctor in the coming days/weeks regarding your knee pain. He/she will assess the severity of your iliotibial band syndrome and determine the proper course of treatment (ranging from physical therapy and anti-infammatory medicine to corticosteroid injection or possibly surgery).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when going down stairs, sharp knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with iliotibial (it) band syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Foot Weakness

    Any foot weakness is a sign of nerve damage, which is very worrisome and requires you to go see a doctor immediately!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    foot weakness, lower leg weakness, severe pelvis pain, arm weakness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

    The kneecap (patella) is located directly in front of the thigh bone (femur), and should normally glide freely up and down. In this condition, called patellofemoral pain syndrome, the kneecap may rub against the thigh bone instead of gliding smoothly, causing damage and pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. While you can safely take steps to treat this condition at home (avoiding strenuous use of the knee and taking over-the-counter pain medication), your doctor may coordinate care with a physical therapist to help manage your pain and function of the knee.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when squatting
    Symptoms that always occur with patellofemoral pain syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Giant Cell Tumor

    A giant cell tumor (GCT) is a rare benign (non-cancerous) growth that generally occurs in adults between the ages of 20 to 40 years. Most of these tumors appear in the tips of long bones next to joints. GCTs appear on their own for no specific cause. The first symptom that they usually cause is pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a specialist. Surgery is needed to treat these tumors as they grow aggressively and risk destroying bone.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous bone pain, pain in one knee, pain in one thigh, spontaneous hip pain
    Symptoms that always occur with giant cell tumor:
    spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Toe Bruise(s)

  • Q.Is your foot bruising getting better or worse?
  • 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?

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Toe Bruise(s) Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced toe bruise(s) have also experienced:

    • 25% Swollen Toes
    • 14% Toe Pain
    • 7% Foot or Toe Bruise
  • People who have experienced toe bruise(s) had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Less Than a Day
    • 17% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced toe bruise(s) were most often matched with:

    • 16% Toe Bruise
    • 13% Foot Bruise
    • 13% Foot Sprain

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