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What causes painful swelling in big toe?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: My vein in big toe became swollen and cause lots of pain. The next day my toe where the vein is became black and blue.
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Answered by Dr. Gaurav Katiyar (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Thromboembolism

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have gone through your query.
Sudden swelling of vein with black or bluish discoloration is mainly due to thromboembolism. It means that something is blocking the vein resulting in occlusion of blood flow in digital arteries too.

This is emergency and you need to visit a local vascular surgeon for clinical examination and further management (removal of block). Investigation like doppler ultrasonography may be needed.


Hope i have answered you. You can ask next query.

Wish you good health.

Regards
Dr. Gaurav Katiyar
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Follow up: Dr. Gaurav Katiyar (38 minutes later)
Thank you but I am scared now. Will keep you posted.
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Answered by Dr. Gaurav Katiyar (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
managed easily

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

There is no need to worry. It is an emergency but it is managed easily.
Once embolism is removed, toe will be normal.
I am here to help you and you can update your progress anytime.

You can close the discussion and rate the answer.

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Dr. Gaurav Katiyar
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What causes painful swelling in big toe?

Brief Answer: Thromboembolism Detailed Answer: Hi, I have gone through your query. Sudden swelling of vein with black or bluish discoloration is mainly due to thromboembolism. It means that something is blocking the vein resulting in occlusion of blood flow in digital arteries too. This is emergency and you need to visit a local vascular surgeon for clinical examination and further management (removal of block). Investigation like doppler ultrasonography may be needed. Hope i have answered you. You can ask next query. Wish you good health. Regards Dr. Gaurav Katiyar