stubbed toe

Pain after stubbing your toe? It may be broke.

Walking around the house is comfortable and we definitely won’t stop anytime soon. Our drawback here is that while our toes are exposed their more likely to be stubbed on household furniture.

So, we are going to look at what happens to your toe when it’s stubbed and how to tell if it’s broken or not.

What happens when you stub your toe

You stub your toe. Of course but there is more to it and there are reasons behind that shooting pain.

Similar to when any part of your body experiences pain or an injury that is related to your central nervous system. Great for the topic of stubbing your toe because the brain gives your feet a priority on this information. In addition, there is a small amount of tissue between the object you just struck and your toe bones to correctly take this type of minor trauma.

Even if your stubbed your toe while casually walking through your house the pain can feel equal to that if you had been running. All of the kinetic energy that is built up while you walk is efficiently passed to your feet and toes. Which means every stride you take while walking is going to make your feet move faster than any part of your body when it comes into contact with household furniture. Ouch. Right? The same goes for you if you had been running through the house and stubbed your toe up against some type of household item. This is why soccer players are able to kick a ball at such great speeds and with force.

Treating a stubbed toe

In most cases of someone stubbing their toe, two things can happen. You can A, have a broken toe as a result of stubbing it on something in your house. Or B just have a stubbed toe that hurts for a little while.

To know if you fall under option A, a broken toe. You’re going to need to know when to visit the ER if your toe is, in fact, showing negative symptoms of a broken toe. These symptoms are quite obvious and they include blue or gray colored skin, unusual tingling sensations, deformed or awkwardly pointed toes, and a lot of pain.

In severe cases of a stubbed toe leading to a broken toe, there are a few options when treating it. It may be needed to be put back into place along with a placement cast just so it doesn’t move while healing. When someone stubs their toe it is likely that they stubbed their big toe and may require surgical treatment. When you have stubbed or broken your toe with the outcome being an open wound your doctor may provide antibiotic medication.

While all cases of a broken toe are not that serious some can just be as simple as taking care of it at home. Here are some steps you can take towards healing your newly broken toe:

Keep your foot raised above the level of your heart to reduce pain and swelling. Do this as much as possible considering any time constraints you may have. This can be done by using pillows to raise your feet or laying down in a chair that allows you to prop your feet up.

Applying Ice to the injured area and toe every couple of hours for around 20 minutes at a time will play a huge role in your broken toe recovery. If you don’t have an actual ice pack you can use frozen peas or similar food.

Staying off the foot
The foot that has the broken toe (s) needs to have its proper rest. This means no great pressure applied to it and holding off on activities that require a lot of work from that toe. Which means walking and running could require crutches. Don’t run in crutches but you get the idea.

Learn from your mistake
Take a look at how you stubbed your toe in the first place. Because now you have a broken toe! Try to avoid whatever it was that you were doing ever again and save yourself the pain. As simple as this is it is very overlooked.

Other non-alarming symptoms of a broken toe are stiffness, swelling, redness, and slight bruising. Of course, if these symptoms become too much for you to bear a visit to the ER is suggested.

So, did you break your toe while stubbing it?

It’s a call best made by your doctor or local podiatrist. At first, you should consider the signs we mentioned in this article. What does it look like? Can you move the toe? Start there and by all means don’t be afraid to make some phone calls and seek medical attention. It is always better safe than sorry, even with a silly stubbed toe.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team at Table Mountain Foot and Ankle are here if you have any concerns of a broken toe. Call us at (303) 422-6043 or schedule online at!