Stubbing Your Toe Can Cause Other Problems


There are many nerve endings in your toes so stubbing your toe can be extremely painful even when the injury is not too bad. After the initial shock wears off, always check your toes after a stubbing incident to make sure you don’t have a more severe injury like a broken toe.

If you notice the following symptoms when you stub your toe you may have a more severe injury:                                                                                                                                   

1)    A cracking sound at the time of the toe stubbing may be a signal that you broke a bone and you should seek treatment from your foot doctor immediately.

2)    If you can’t put weight on your foot and you have excessive swelling, redness, and pain that doesn’t dissipate after a few hours and resolve after a couple of days, then you probably have a more severe injury requiring the help of your podiatrist.

Other problems that may arise from stubbing your toe include:

●     Increased arthritis symptoms—Stubbing your toe can trigger an arthritic reaction or cause arthritic symptoms to intensify.

●     Osteomyelitis—This condition is a frequent complication that affects younger people who stub their toes. Inflammation of the bone can cause this bacterial infection that may spread and require amputation, so always have your foot doctor take a look.

●     Ingrown toenailsStubbing your toe can cause the nail to push into your skin possibly becoming a painful ingrown toenail.

A broken toe can be treated by taping or splinting and you may have to wear a rigid boot to prevent another injury and to speed the healing process, so see your foot doctor right away. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Metuchen/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.