Everyone has stubbed their toe on a table leg or door frame. It’s noticeably painful and usually hurts for a few minutes after the initial impact. Symptoms tend to include a dull, stiff, or sharp radiating pain that intensifies when weight is applied to the affected foot to make walking difficult. Some ice, compression, and elevation along with an over-the-counter NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) or warm water foot soak from your couch can usually help with the pain. Using comfortable and supportive toe pads, specialized toe wraps to gently bind the injured toe to the one next to it or a soothing foot soak from pedifix.com can usually help relieve the pain and make walking more comfortable.
If the pain doesn’t subside after a few minutes, the toe could be fractured or broken. Indicators include difficulty moving the toe, prominent swelling, discoloration or bruising. Numbness can also be a sign of a break or fracture. Symptoms of a strain, sprain or a bone bruise are similar to those of a broken toe. A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon while a sprain is an injury to the ligaments. A bone bruise is a contusion that injures the subsurface tissue around the bone. Consult your doctor to be sure.
Toenails guard toe tips against injury, intended to take the brunt of any direct impact. Stubbing your toe could crack the nail, bring about discoloration or even bleeding. Soon after the injury, signs of tenderness and pain with an oozing wound are indications of an infection. Be sure to keep the wound clean and covered until you can get to an emergency room or see your doctor to avoid additional complications. People with diabetes or a weakened immune system should see their doctor immediately following a break in the skin or bad bruise.
Although a stubbed toe can be extremely painful, the pain usually only lasts a few minutes. When the pain doesn’t go away, alleviate concern by going to the ER or seeing your doctor as soon as possible. In either scenario, getting a medical consult can manage pain and discomfort and help the healing process happen more efficiently.
If you have questions about any of the quality toe pain relief products from PediFix, please reach out to us at pedifix.com or by phone at 1-800-PEDIFIX (733-4349) to speak directly to a product specialist today.
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