Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
193 Doctors are Online

Suggest treatment for swollen foot with dark blood spots post injury

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Internal Medicine Specialist
Practicing since : 2002
Answered : 3773 Questions
My husband stepped on a large bolt on a construction site a few days ago. He went to urgent care and is taking an antibiotic. He also received a tetanus shot as he was long overdue. Now his foot is badly swollen and it looks like there is internal bleeding as there are dark red and purple spots across the top of three of his toes. Is this something we should worry about, or will ice and elevation be the best remedy?
Posted Sat, 30 Aug 2014 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Let him return to the ER!

Detailed Answer:

Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am concerned this could be an expanding infection that requires minor surgery to take off all the death tissue and facilitate healing. Ice and elevation are sufficient when there is no risk for an infection. The information you have provided alongside him being on antibiotics suggests an infection and we need not take any chances with this at home.

In all, it is something you should be worried about. Let him return to the ER for further evaluation and treatment. If they think it is nothing to worry about, I would only accept this after a proper examination and not otherwise.

I hope this helps. I wish your husband well. Thank you so much for trusting us with your question and feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Internal Med Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor