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My pinky toe is swollen & red. I have tremendous pain.

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My pinky toe is swollen & red. I have tremendous pain. Could it be broken or shattered? I( did not bump into anything, but I did wear shoes too tight around that toe) I cannot walk without pain. I do see a shade of blue on the inside of the pinky toe.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD replied 9 years ago.

Hello,

The toe is unlikely to be broken or shattered.

The blood supply to your toe has been affected by the tight shoes. The soft tissue has also been injured and is now swollen, resulting in the acute pain.

To decrease the pain and inflammation, please take the following steps:

- Rest the leg completey, at least for 24 hours.

- Apply an ice pack ( a towel placed in the fridge will work) for 10 minutes every hour or at least 4 times a day.

-Keep the leg elevated as far as possible.

- Take Motrin 500mg thrice daily after food for today.

- If the swelling and pain shows no sign of decreasing or even increases by tomorrow, please consult a doctor for a physical examination tomorrow.

I hope this helps.

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
I cannot bend the toe without tremendous pain
Expert:  Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD replied 9 years ago.

Hello,

If you have not fallen on the toe, or dropped something heavy on it, or bent it sharply in any way, it is unlikely to be broken.

Tight shoes will cause injury to the soft tissue and swelling of the tissue leading to decrease in the blood flow.

Please take the steps outlined above for one day. If by the end of the day, you feel that your toe is not improving in any way, please get it examined by a doctor.

I hope this helps.

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