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Bang on the foot, injury to small toe, deep purple coloration from top of foot to toe, swelling. X-ray needed?

I am just wondering at what point I need to see a doctor. Yesterday a large cutting board fell off the counter and onto my foot . It was the corner of the board the hit me about a half inch in from the outside foot bone that juts out below the pinkie. There is a small red mark where the board hit, and one half of the top of my foot, up through my pinkie toe is a deep purple color. It does hurt, but I can walk. I can tell that it is a bit swollen. Is there something I should watch for that would indicate that I need to see a doctor to have it x-rayed? Is it possible to fracture/break something in this way?
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture.

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

In the interim,apply ice packs to the affected area,anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid putting weight and rest well.
I hope this is helpful to you.
Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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