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Painful swelling over the left great toe - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :  
How can i help you ?
User :   Yesterday I was squatting down to go through some things on a lower shelf. I must have been in that positing for probably 10 to 15 min. Anyway my left foot hurt afterwards. I thought I probably stretched something and that it was no big deal. But now that it's been 24 hours, my big toe has swollen up as well as part of my foot. It's somewhat painful and I've had to limp a little to avoid pressure near near the front of my foot or bending my toes back when walking. There is also some black and blue marks on the top of my big toe near the knuckle and more black and blue marks near where the toe joins the foot. Basically it's on the joints of the foot. There is also some numbness on the side of my big toe. I'm wondering if these are symptoms of a broken toe or even a small fracture on my foot?
Doctor :  
May i know your age and gender?
User :   34 male
Doctor :  
And have these symptoms only been since yesterday?
User :   Yes
User :   it's been about a day and a half since I actually did it
Doctor :  
Did you have any such symptoms in the past?
User :   no
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
It is difficult to predict if there are chances of fracture with out a X ray.
Doctor :  
You definitely have symptoms of injury.
Doctor :  
The blue/black discolouration are problably due to the presence of blood under the skin
Doctor :  
I shall suggest you few measures.
Doctor :  
1. Use ice packs over the affected area.
Doctor :  
2. Avoid bearing weight on the affected limb
Doctor :  
3. Voveran spray- spray on the affected part for pain relief
Doctor :  
4. Tab buscofen (ibuprofen) 400 mg twice a day for 3 days
Doctor :  
5. get an examination done and and x ray done to see if there are possiblity of a fracture.
Doctor :  
Have you followed?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
Do you have any other query?
User :   no that as it
Doctor :  
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