What To Do for Toe Pain

What To Do for Toe Pain

If you are wondering what is causing your toe pain you may want to turn to a podiatrist.

Throbbing, aching, and tingling toes are an unusual and uncomfortable sensation. There are also a variety of reasons why this might be happening, from minor irritations to conditions that require immediate attention. If you are dealing with persistent toe pain it’s important to see our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, for a proper evaluation.

Toe pain may be accompanied by other symptoms such as burning, numbness, swelling, or discoloration. Make sure to discuss any toe pain symptoms with our Ridgeland, MS, foot doctor. If you are noticing redness, skin that’s warm to the touch, or fever, these are signs of an infection that require prompt medical attention.

What causes toe pain?

Causes of toe pain range from minor injuries such as stubbing your toe to more serious health problems. Injuries that can lead to toe pain include,

  • Burns and lacerations
  • Blisters
  • Strains and sprains
  • Broken toes and fractures
  • Dislocated joints
  • Frostbite

Infections that can cause toe pain include,

  • Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot
  • An infected cut or sore
  • Cellulitis (skin infection)

Other conditions that can cause toe pain include,

  • Bursitis and tendinitis
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Nerve compression
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy

If you’ve stubbed your toe or recently injured it running or during physical activity, then you can easily ease your pain and rest to give your toe time to heal. Other ways to improve toe pain caused by minor injuries include,

  • Elevating the injured foot
  • Wearing open-toed shoes or shoes with a wide toe box
  • Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen 48 hours after the injury (do not take it right after)
  • Performing gentle, easy foot stretches every day
  • Wrapping or taping the toe, particularly if it’s broken

When should I see a doctor about my toe pain?

It’s always a good idea to see a doctor if,

  • You are dealing with any kind of foot pain that lasts more than 2 weeks or doesn’t respond to home care
  • You are dealing with pain that’s intense or prevents you from going about your normal daily routine
  • You notice numbness, weakness, or tingling in the foot
  • You have also been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet

Toe pain should not go ignored, and our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist Dr. Sotolongo and her team can help you find out what’s causing your pain and how to best treat it. To schedule an evaluation, call The Foot Doctor at (601) 206-9101.

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