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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Sudden swelling of big toe?


 Cherylb81 - Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:54 pm

This morning I noticed in the shower my left big toe was a little swollen & feels a bit tender at times, with some tingling eery now and then; however I don't have any pain. Now, I went to the doc this afternoon and she looked at it and didn't think it was gout because there isn't any pain. She thinks it could be a slight sprain. Now, I do work out regular, so could I posibly just have a sprain??

Anyone have an idea on what this could posibly be?

Thanks!
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:11 am

User avatar Hello,
Yes, the toe could have been sprained or strained without notice but I would expect pain with the swelling.

Other possibilities:
bug bite
ingrown toe nail
gout

Most cases of these present with pain, swelling and redness.

So you may still be stumped by the cause and may be resolved to treat the symptoms and see how the toe develops expecting back to normal appearance in 7-10 days.

If no change or worsening symptoms, then you may want to x-ray the digit.

Take care.

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