Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bruised Toe Overview

Another name for Bruised Toe is Toe Contusion.

What is a toe contusion?
A person with a toe contusion has a bruised toe. A contusion is a swollen collection of blood that forms when blood vessels are broken beneath the skin. A toe contusion may be caused by a blow to the toe, a toe sprain, or a toe fracture. Since the feet are especially prone to injury, toe contusions are very common.

What are the symptoms of a toe contusion?
Symptoms of a toe contusion include toe pain, swelling and tenderness. The toenail may also be injured.

How does the doctor treat a toe contusion?
Treatment for a toe contusion may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, a splint, and a protective shoe.

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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