Q How should I treat a sprained toe at home?
A sprained toe is a more minor injury but one that still warrants the correct sprained toe care to ensure that it doesn’t get injured any further.
It doesn’t take much to sprain a toe—jamming it into something, landing wrong after jumping, or just stubbing it on the corner of the coffee table can create the injury. You may experience some mild swelling for the first couple of days. It may be difficult to push off of the toe and some lingering pain could reside after a few days.
To care for your toe, rest the foot, apply ice, and keep your leg elevated when possible. You can also promote healing by “buddy taping” the injured toe to the neighboring toe to limit movement.
If you have a toe injury and these simple actions fail to alleviate your pain, it may indeed be a fracture. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger at our office in Palm Desert, CA, by calling (760) 568-0108 for an appointment.