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My 9 yr old daughter knocked her 4th toe of her left foot on

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Hi, my 9 yr old daughter knocked her 4th toe of her left foot on the leg of a chair 36 hours ago. There is a huge bruise on the top of the foot and the toe is positioned closer to the baby toe than the 3rd toe (unlike on the right foot when they are spaced equally apart)She is not in pain. She can bend her toes although the 4th and 5th toe of the left foot do not curl to the same extent as on the right (though they do move). She said that was not painful.We are currently on vacation and would like to know if you think we can just leave this to heal or should we take her to a hospital to get it properly examined.I attach a photo taken of the foot with and without a flashthanks in advance
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Orthopaedics
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


This is a typical bruising pattern of a hairline fracture of the bone behind the toe.

Usually that would be painful to walk.

However, exam and x ray is the only way to fully exclude this possibility.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks but if it a hairline fracture then what would the procedure be?
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

That depends on where it is exactly.

Pain meds, cane or crutches, sometimes a cast.

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