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What causes swelling in the toes?

We don’t often think about our 10 little toes but they can sure grab our attention when they are in pain. Swelling is a result of edema, which is essentially a build-up of fluid. There are many reasons why you may experience a swollen toe or toe pain, which often accompanies swelling.

First, the duration and severity of the swelling will depend on the cause. If you bumped your toe in the night and injured it, the swelling is a response for healing. A broken or sprained toe will also result in swelling. Standing or even sitting for long periods of time can lead to an accumulation of fluid in your feet and toes.

Severe swelling or swelling that develops slowly and persists over time could indicate an underlying medical condition. If bleeding or signs of infection are present, that also warrants seeking immediate medical attention.

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