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Why Are My Toes Red?

Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00

Red discoloration of the toes can be alarming and may require medical treatment depending on the underlying cause of the redness. Chilblains, red or purple marks that appear on the toes and other parts of the body following exposure to cold weather, can be itchy and uncomfortable, and may turn into ulcers or blisters over time. A bunion, which is a bony bump that can form at the base of the big toe, can cause redness, swelling, stiffness, and pain in the affected toe. Certain infections of the toenail and surrounding skin may cause redness as well. Discoloration and bruising are also a common sign of a broken toe. If you have noticed redness in one or more of your toes, please consult with a podiatrist. 


A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the podiatrists from The Foot & Ankle Centre of New Jersey. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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