When is a stubbed toe serious?
A stubbed toe is simply a toe that’s been badly slammed, and may show signs of swelling or bruising, but there is no serious injury under the surface. However, a broken toe is a more severe injury with harsher symptoms and greater consequences: prolonged pain, stiffness, infection, and deformity.
When should you go to the doctor for a stubbed toe?
See a doctor if:
- the toe is very swollen.
- the pain is severe and does not go away after several hours.
- it is difficult to walk or to put weight on the foot.
- the toenail falls off or the area around it is very swollen.
- there are signs of infection around the toenail, such as itching, redness, and pus.
How do you know if your toe is jammed?
What are the symptoms of a sprained toe?
- pain, often in the entire toe or even the area around it.
- trouble moving your toe.
- joint instability.
Why does a stubbed toe hurt so much?
Stubbing your toe hurts so much because you’re slamming a tiny surface with a force equal to 2-3 times your bodyweight. Then a bundle of nerve endings called nociceptors fire a danger signal to your brain.
Can a stubbed toe hurt for days?
When it happens, and for some time after, your toe will hurt no matter whether it’s stubbed or broken. However, while the pain from a stubbed toe will subside, a broken toe will continue to hurt for the rest of the day and even longer. A stubbed toe may result in some bruising or bleeding.
How long should you stay off a broken toe?
Most broken toes will heal on their own with proper care at home. It can take 4 to 6 weeks for complete healing. Most pain and swelling will go away within a few days to a week. If something was dropped on the toe, the area under the toenail can bruise.
What to do if you stubbed your toe really hard?
Home treatments for a stubbed toe
- Rest. Stop using your toe, lie down, and let your body recover.
- Ice. Use ice to numb the pain and reduce swelling.
- Compression. Wrap your toe, or the entire end of your foot and toes, with an elastic bandage to provide support and keep swelling under control.
What is the fastest way to heal a stubbed toe?
How do I know if my pinky toe is broken or sprained?
The most common symptoms of a broken pinky toe include:
- a popping sound when the injury occurs.
- throbbing pain that’s immediate and may fade after a few hours.
- difficulty putting weight on your foot.
- pinky toe seeming out of alignment.
- swelling and bruising.
- a damaged toenail.
How long do stubbed toes take to heal?
This might mean staying off your feet and not wearing constricting shoes for a few days. When cared for correctly, a broken toe can heal in about four to six weeks. Your doctor may also recommend that you pick up some pain medication as well as try buddy taping.