You Just Stubbed Your Toe. What Now?

Ouch! Stubbing your toe is both painful and frustrating. It seems like stubbed toes most often occur while we’re in the middle of another important activity. The nature of this injury makes it seem like one could brush it off with little consequence. However, ignoring a stubbed toe can exacerbate the damage that’s been done. In this blog, we’ll talk about what to do after stubbing your toe, from the seconds after the incident to the days after the incident.

Stop! And Inspect


            Stubbed toes are painful. Pain is our bodies’ way of letting us know to slow down and address the cause of the pain. When you stub your toe, make sure to take off your shoe if you’re wearing one and inspect the toe. You should be looking for:

  • Bleeding
  • Abnormal coloration
  • Misshapen toes

Ice and Elevate


            There’s a chance your toe is mostly fine, and you can resume activity. However, if your toe becomes quickly swollen, then you can reduce the inflammation by elevating the foot to keep blood from collecting in the area. Apply ice to the damaged toe in 15-minute intervals. Give your hurt toe plenty of time to rest before slowly returning to normal activities. If you find that after several hours or days, you’re still unable to move the toe, you may have a fracture that could require surgery to heal.

Look Out for Broken Toenails


            Even if the bone of your toe is undamaged, your toenail may be a different story. Broken toenails can lead to ingrown toenails. Diabetic patients should be wary of broken toenails, as they could lead to wounds or sores later on. At Gentle Touch Foot Care, we can replace your broken toenail with a quick and painless procedure, using the Keryflex Toenail Restoration System.

            If you’re worried about your stubbed toe, the best way you can take care of it is by visiting your local podiatrist as soon as possible. If you’re located in East Orange, NJ, or the surrounding Essex County area, come see Dr. Bruce Theall and his friendly staff. They can address any of your foot ailments and get you back to doing the things you love. Make an appointment online or call (973) 673-3668 today.