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Why Does My Toe Hurt?

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Toe pain can be the result of an injury. A broken toe can cause toe pain and may affect the skin, nerves, and blood vessels. Toe pain may also cause a burning sensation or it may feel numb. Ingrown toenails, bunions, and arthritis are leading causes of toe pain, and some of these conditions may lead to getting an infection if prompt medical attention is not received. Additionally, the foot condition known as hammertoe may cause toe pain which may happen from calluses that form on top of the deformed joints. Gout can be a debilitating foot condition characterized by intense pain in the joints of the big toe. Gout can occur due to excess uric acid in the blood, which converts to crystals and affects the big toe. If you have toe pain for any reason, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can pinpoint the cause and offer you the correct treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Jed Wells, DPM of Jed Wells, DPM Foot Specialist. Our doctor 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 offices located in Corpus Christi, and Laredo, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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