- Stubbing your toe into something when walking barefoot
- Stopping suddenly when running, causing a toe to jam into the end of your shoe
- Landing awkwardly from a jump, causing a toe to jam into the end of your shoe
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Sports such as:
- Poor coordination
- Rough ground
- Pain and tenderness in the toe
- Pain when moving the toe
- Swelling and bruising of the toe
- Partial tearing of ligament tissue
- Mild instability of the joint
- Severe or complete tearing of ligament tissue
- Significant instability of the joint
- Rest—Avoid using the injured toe.
- Ice—Apply ice or a cold pack to your toe for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this 4 times a day for 2 to 3 days or until the pain goes away. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
- Compression—If the injured toe is the big toe, wrap a 2-inch elastic compression bandage around it. Put several wraps around the big toe and then include the rest of the forefoot within the bandage. This will limit swelling of your big toe. Other toes cannot be effectively compressed with a bandage. It is important not to cut off blood circulation to your toe or any body part when using such wraps. Do not make them very tight.
- Elevation—Keep the injured foot raised above the level of your heart for 48 hours. You can use a pillow. This will help drain fluid and reduce swelling.
- Protection—Wear a shoe with a stiff sole to help protect the injured toe.
- Ibuprofen, such as Motrin or Advil
- Naproxen, such as Aleve or Naprosyn
- Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 03/20/2013 -