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How to Stop the Pain of a Jammed Big Toe

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author image Emma Cale
Emma Cale has been writing professionally since 2000. Her work has appeared in “NOW Magazine,” “HOUR Magazine” and the “Globe and Mail.” Cale holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Windsor and advanced writing certificates from the Canadian Film Centre and the National Theatre School of Canada.
How to Stop the Pain of a Jammed Big Toe
Rest, ice, heat and elevation can quickly ease the pain of a jammed toe. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

The pain of a jammed or stubbed toe can take your breath away. People often neglect a jammed toe and assume it to be a minor inconvenience that will quickly fade. However, in some cases, a jammed toe causes soft tissue damage or fractures. A few easy steps can help ease the immediate pain, but if your toe continues to hurt after a few days or appears deformed in any way, see a doctor or health care practitioner.

Step 1

Rest your feet. Avoid the compulsion to "walk it off."

Step 2

Wrap an ice pack or cold gel pack in a thin towel and apply it to your toe.

Step 3

Elevate your toe, using several pillows to raise your toe above your heart.

Step 4

Take an form of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to treat the pain, if appropriate for your general health condition. Consult your physician first if you are not sure or a pharmacist if you take other medications.

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