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.
Rest your feet. Avoid the compulsion to "walk it off."
Wrap an ice pack or cold gel pack in a thin towel and apply it to your toe.
Elevate your toe, using several pillows to raise your toe above your heart.
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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To avoid toe injuries, wear shoes when walking outside and turn on a light if you get up at night.
Badly jamming or stubbing your toe can cause a traumatic fracture,. Keep an eye on your toe for a few days after you jam it. If you notice any swelling or bruising, or if your toe looks bent or irregular in any way, see your physician.
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- MayoClinic.com: Broken Toe