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Causes and Effective Treatments for Aching Toes

Toe pain can be a persistent and uncomfortable issue, often affecting our daily activities and mobility. Various factors can lead to toe pain. One common culprit is wearing improper footwear, such as shoes that are too tight, narrow, or high heeled. Toe injuries, such as stubbing or jamming, can result in pain, swelling, or even fractures. Conditions including arthritis can lead to chronic toe pain, making it challenging to move comfortably. Ingrown toenails, often caused by improper toenail trimming or wearing tight shoes, can be excruciating. Bunions, corns, and calluses can also create toe discomfort. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for toe pain. Simple measures such as switching to comfortable, well-fitting shoes can provide relief, in addition to resting the affected toe if the injury is acute. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers can temporarily alleviate discomfort. For chronic conditions, wearing custom orthotics may be recommended. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be a necessary treatment to consider. To ensure long-term toe health, it is essential to identify the cause of your toe pain and seek appropriate medical advice. If you have toe pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a chiropodist who can effectively provide you with relief and treatment options.

Toe pain is common and can have a variety of causes. Causes can range from a broken toe to an ingrown toenail. Many types of toe pain can be corrected, but any toe pain that inhibits your activities for an extended period should be discussed with a chiropodist. If you suffer from toe pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your feet.

Common Causes of Toe Pain 

  • Trauma or fracture
  • Cuts, sores, or bruises
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Turf Toe
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Blisters
  • Corns
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Athlete’s Foot

Symptoms of Toe Pain

  • Toe deformity
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Toenail deformity
  • Wart or ulcer
  • Swelling
  • Redness

When to See a Chiropodist

  • Bleeding or severe swelling
  • Trauma, such as a broken bone
  • Discoloration or extreme swelling
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Persistent pain
  • Wounds that won’t heal

Diagnosis of Toe Pain

A chiropodist can conduct a thorough examination of the painful toe or toes in order to determine the best course of treatment. The exam may include assessing the tenderness of the area, taking an X-ray or other diagnostic test, or assessing your gait and range of motion. A discussion of what led to the advanced pain issue may follow. Included will likely be a health history, as well as a list of medications you are taking and other previous injuries you may have sustained.

Treatment for Toe Pain

With such a wide range of possible causes for toe pain, treatment can be varied in scope and length. Sometimes, the chiropodist will recommend lifestyle and activity changes. In cases of trauma or other injuries, X-rays or imaging tests will likely be used to determine the severity of the problem, particularly if any bones have been broken. Treatment may also include injections of pain-relief medication or anti-inflammatory drugs. Certain injuries will require the splinting, bracing, or wrapping of injured toes. Orthotics or special shoes may be prescribed in cases of bone deformities and gait issues. Removal of warts, calluses, and corns may be needed. In other cases, such as with patients who have diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, ongoing treatment may be required to avoid more serious problems. 

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