Gentle Foot and Ankle Care
Podiatry located in Madison Heights, Troy, Commerce Township & South Lyon
Pain in one or more of your toes tends to get worse the more you stand and walk on your feet, which is unavoidable for many people. The board-certified podiatrists at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care in Madison Heights, Troy, Commerce Township, and South Lyon, Michigan, evaluate your toe pain and provide conservative and surgical treatments. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.
Toe Pain Q & A
What is toe pain?
Toe pain occurs in one or multiple of your toes on one or both feet. It can originate in any of the structures of the toe it affects, including the nerves, muscles, joints, or bone.
Like pain in other parts of the foot, toe pain tends to get worse the more you place pressure on it by running, walking, or standing for long periods of time.
Your toe pain may feel sharp, throbbing, dull, or tingly. Toe numbness, tingling, or burning is called paresthesia and, while not necessarily painful, fits into the category of toe pain and may need evaluation from the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care.
You should consider scheduling an appointment about your toe pain if the pain is severe, prevents you from engaging in any normal activities, or is long-lasting.
What causes toe pain?
There are numerous conditions and injuries that cause pain in your toes, whether it originates in the skin, soft tissue, joint cartilage, nerves, or bone.
After examining your toe and asking for details about the pain, the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care might use more intensive testing methods like imaging tests or even blood tests to diagnose or rule out underlying causes.
Some of the most prevalent causes of toe pain are:
- Turf toe
- Ingrown toenails
- Corns and calluses
- Arthritis of the toe joint
- Dislocated toe joint
- Stress fractures
- Athlete’s foot and other infections
- Morton’s neuroma
- Plantar warts
The treatment or treatments that will be most effective for your toe pain depend on the type and severity of pain you have. Once you get your diagnosis, the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care can make personalized recommendations if you need treatment.
How is toe pain treated?
Treating your toe pain may involve multiple procedures, medications, and temporary lifestyle changes. Your treatment plan depends entirely on the diagnosis, so toe pain treatments vary widely.
Typically, the team at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care starts any treatment with conservative measures and reserves surgery for very severe or treatment-resistant cases.
For many toe injuries and conditions, you’ll need to stay off your toe as much as possible to avoid aggravating the injury and prolonging your recovery. You might even need to take part in physical therapy to rehabilitate the toe and start walking comfortably again.
In any case, you must follow the team’s instructions closely while you treat and recover from a toe injury or condition. Foot injuries are often slow to heal because you use your feet a lot, and toe injuries are no exception.
Fortunately, many toe injuries and conditions are treatable with medication, immobilization, home care, or simple in-office procedures like wart removal.
Schedule your appointment for toe pain over the phone or online at Gentle Foot and Ankle Care today.
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