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How Serious Is a Stubbed Toe?

A stubbed toe might seem like a minor inconvenience, but the pain it inflicts can be surprisingly intense. Stubbing your toe ranges from simple bruises to fractures, each with its own level of severity and potential complications. When you stub your toe, you are essentially subjecting it to sudden trauma. Common scenarios include accidentally ramming your toe into furniture or catching it on objects. Despite its seemingly innocuous nature, the impact can lead to a variety of injuries. Determining the extent of a stubbed toe injury is not always straightforward. Symptoms like intense pain, swelling, and difficulty while walking can accompany anything from a minor bruise to a fracture. The lack of immediate clarity underscores the importance of seeking professional help, particularly from a podiatrist. Bone bruises, strains, sprains, and toenail injuries are common consequences of stubbing a toe, each requiring different forms of treatment and management. Severe pain, swelling, visible deformities, or signs of infection warrant immediate attention. If you are suffering from toe pain, it is suggested that you make an immediate appointment with a podiatrist. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact the foot specialists of Podiatry Associates of Belleville. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Belleville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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