What can be done for a stubbed toe?

Your toe against the corner of the coffee table can be one of those things that go bump in the night. A stubbed toe can happen to anyone at any time and can be very painful. We grit our teeth and hop around holding our foot until the pain subsides. Often times, the pain from stubbing your toe passes after a short amount of time. There are moments though when jamming your toe hard enough can actually cause a fracture in a bone; this often happens with the pinky toe.

If you have stubbed your toe and it is minor in nature, give it some rest and some ice to keep the swelling down. You may need to change your footwear for a few days so there is no extra pressure on the toe while it heels. There may be some black-and-blue bruising which would indicate a more serious injury. Sometimes a stub can cause the nail to lift a bit. If it just involves the tip, leave it alone and allow it to heal. If you see bleeding and the nail coming loose at its base, you need to have it looked at, as it could mean that the joint of the toe has been compromised.

If you have significant pain or if your toe is pointing in an abnormal position, do not wait to have it treated. There may be a hairline fracture or a clean break through the bone, in which case it would need to be set in place. If the toe is not realigned properly or does not heal normally, you could experience chronic pain and problems. Call Dr. Danciger for an appointment at (760) 568-0108 if you have any concerns about your toes or an injury that needs treatment.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle