Toe pain, although it might not seem like a significant concern at first glance, can be very painful and uncomfortable if not properly managed. Many different things can cause toe pain. Potential causes include blunt force trauma, for example. Interestingly, however, toe pain can sometimes be linked to sugar. Very high levels of blood sugar in certain individuals can lead to diabetic neuropathy. In turn, this might lead to uncomfortable feelings of numbness or tingling in the toes. If you are someone that already has diabetic neuropathy or might be susceptible to developing this condition, consider contacting a podiatrist immediately for treatment. A podiatrist is a trusted medical professional that can answer any questions you might have and provide effective treatment. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment today.
Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of New York. 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:
- Sports injury
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fractures (broken bones)
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 one of our offices located in Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.