Stubbing your toe usually happens quite unexpectedly, such as while crossing the street, staring at your phone and running into the curb or a lamppost. Your toes have a large number of nerves, so even a minor injury can be extremely painful. If the pain and swelling don’t subside after a few hours of the original stubbing, you should see your foot care professional to make sure you don’t have a fracture.
3 complications from stubbing your toe may include the following:
- Bacterial osteomyelitis—This can become a problematic condition for children who suffer a stubbed toe injury. The bone of the affected toe can become host to a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the bone and surrounding tissue. Always have a podiatrist evaluate any toe injuries in kids to prevent such complications.
- Ingrown toenails and related microbial infection—Stubbing your toe can contribute to the formation of an ingrown toenail and a subsequent bacterial or fungal toenail infection. This can be a major problem for diabetic patients if the infection goes unnoticed and leads to an ulcer, so be sure to have toe injuries checked out.
- Arthritic reaction—Stubbing your big toe can cause a flare-up of arthritis and increased pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Depending on the severity of the injury, a stubbed toe can be treated by taping or splinting, and you may need to wear a rigid boot while the toe heals. See your foot doctor for the proper treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions, including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.