How To Treat a Stubbed Toe

A stubbed toe might seem ordinary, but it can damage your whole foot, as well. Even though a stubbed toe rarely happens, experiencing this would really hurt you. You may tear your tendons around the metatarsal joint or it could cause you a fracture. 

A stubbed toe, in its simplest sense, is not something you can just neglect and ignore. Stubbing your toe and not treating it could actually lead to arthritis. So, before you get a fracture or experience arthritis, treat your stubbed toe immediately. The treatment is rather simple, but you should also be wary of signs of broken bones. Here are some tips on how to treat a stubbed toe: 

  • First, you'll need anti-bacterial cream, ibuprofen, ice, and a bag of frozen vegetables. You need to clean the toe very carefully. There should be no dirt or debris in the wound or around the area of the wound. 
  • If the stubbed toe feels very painful, apply ice on the area for approximately 30 minutes. Massaging your toe with an ice cube from 10-15 minutes every one or two hours could help reduce the swelling and can help give you immediate pain relief as the cold temperature will numb the area. However, this is not recommended for people with diabetes or circulatory complications. The cold ice could inhibit circulation on your toe.
  • Then, apply a small amount of the anti-bacterial cream on the wound. Be sure that you are careful when applying the cream. If the pain persists after applying the anti-bacterial, you can take ibuprofen, which is a pain reliever.
  • You also need to wear shoes that are open at the toes to prevent further swelling. You can instead wear sandals rather than closed shoes.
  • Have your toe examined if the pain persists. Bending or putting pressure on your toe should be avoided when you are walking. Walk carefully. Pressure on your toe would likely widen the crack and could eventually displace your bone. As much as possible, your weight must be on your heels rather than on your toes.
  • Do not put anything hot on your toe. The torn blood vessels would expand as a response to the hot stimulus, and consequently can provoke bleeding.
  • Your toe must not be wrapped up. There may be possibilities of wrapping it inappropriately and doing so could worsen your toe's condition.
  • Also, you need to check if you have a broken nail. If the nail is still partly attached to your toe, you can put an adhesive around your toe so that it will reattach itself to the skin. If in any case it doesn't reattach, cut it off your toe, or pull out the nail.
  • As much as possible, avoid getting on your feet. Your toe needs to rest after the injury. For the next two days, you need to avoid walking because it might severe your injury. You also must elevate your toe. Resting your foot on anything 4-6 inches from the floor should do it. You wouldn't want blood rushing to your toe and make it swell a lot more, would you?

Stubbing your toe shouldn't be neglected but should be treated seriously before it causes much more damage to you.


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