• Why does my toe hurt?

    by Dr. Michele Kraft
    on Aug 7th, 2017

There are many reasons why a toe can hurt. Here are a few reasons why a toe can hurt:


  1. Infection- the skin in between the toes is a moist environment, and more vulnerable to fungal and bacterial infections. Any small crack in the skin can be the beginning of an infection.


  1. Over-activity- any increase in activity beyond what your body is used to can cause stress to the joints and ligaments of the toe.



  1. Toe sprain- mechanically stubbing the toe or catching it on a piece of furniture can cause immediate pain and swelling of the toe. If the swelling persists, it can become a “sausage toe”, which can cause residual pain.


  1. Arthritis- some forms of arthritis symptoms first start in the small joints of the toe.



  1. Improper fitting shoe gear- wearing shoes too small or too large for your feet can cause toes to hurt.


  1. Tight heel (Achilles tendon) cords- causing toes to curl and become fatigued.



  1. Inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, inherited blister conditions, ingrown toenails, corns.


Author Dr. Michele Kraft Doctor at Toes on the Go
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