Why does my toe hurt?


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