Oh No! I Stubbed My Toe!

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Stubbing your toe usually happens unexpectedly, and the experience is even more shocking due to the dearth of fatty tissue around your toes. And since the toes have a huge number of nerves running through them, the sensation of pain can be quite pronounced even when the injury isn’t too severe.

The only way to accurately determine how severe a stubbed toe injury may be is to have a prompt evaluation with your foot care professional, especially since a stubbed toe may be broken. A badly stubbed toe is also more likely to involve a stressed tendon and other soft tissue damage or possible joint dislocation. Having arthritis in your feet can increase the pain and severity of a stubbed toe.

Treatments for a stubbed toe include the following:

  • For pain and swelling that doesn’t decrease after a few days at most, see your foot doctor for an evaluation. An MRI or x-ray may be necessary to determine the extent of any damage.

  • Sometimes taping a minor broken toe to the ones next to it can be enough to immobilize it while healing occurs.

  • Wearing a rigid boot can help prevent further injury and speed healing.

  • Surgery may be necessary to repair fractures and other damage.

If you stubbed your toe, seeking treatment from your foot doctor will help to avoid unnecessary complications. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.