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If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Bleeding: Go to the topic Cuts or Scrapes.
  • Puncture: Go to the topic Puncture Wounds.
  • A toe, foot, or ankle problem not related to an injury: Go to the topic Toe, Foot, or Ankle Problems, Noninjury.
  • An injured toenail or blood under a toenail: Go to the topic Nail Problems and Injuries.
  • Bruises: Go to the topic Bruises.
  • Frostbite: Go to the topic Cold Temperature Exposure.

Does your toe, foot, or ankle look twisted, bent out of shape, or out of its normal position?

Do you have pain or tenderness after an injury?

Has your toe, foot, or ankle turned pale, white, blue, or cold?

Do you have numbness or tingling in your injured toe, foot, or ankle?

Are you unable to move your toe, foot, or ankle normally?

Is your toe, foot, or ankle swollen after an injury?

Did you feel or hear a snap, pop, or grating in your toe, foot, or ankle?

Do you think an injury may have been caused by abuse?

Are you unable to free a trapped foot from an object, such as a pipe, toy, or jar?

Do you think you have an infection in your toe, foot, or ankle?

Is an object, such as a nail, embedded in your toe, foot, or ankle?

Is your foot or ankle bruised after your injury?

Do you know or think you need a tetanus shot?

If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.


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Last Updated: October 04, 2012
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