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Basics of Toe Care: How Should You Treat a Toe Injury

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One of YouTube’s most popular channels recently became a hit TV series. Something is satisfying about people getting their toe injury attended by a medical professional. It sends tingles down your spine.    

However, you might not find the situation fun if you were the patient. As the pain vibrates through your spine, you might wonder how such a tiny thing can cause so much pain. Your body relies on your toes to carry your entire weight. A superficial injury can bring you to the ground, unable to stand.

Toe injury may seem to be the type of trauma that can be treated at home. There are instances where you need medical attention. If you are uncertain when this is the case, you should continue reading this blog.  

What Are the Common Causes of Toe Injury?

Several things may cause your toe injury. The most common causes include the following:

  • Blunt Force Trauma:  Sometimes, an accident can cause severe problems to the toes. An excellent example would be stubbing your toe on something particularly hard. 
  • Runner’s Toe: Athletes often suffer from this toe injury. The strain on your toes can cause severe strain on your toenails. 

When Should I Seek Professional Care?

Should you visit the hospital? Or should you try your hand at treating your toe injury at home? It might be tempting to tape your toe back together and continue your daily activities.  

If your toe injury is severe, you should seek professional care. However, what is considered grave? If the toenail is not cut or misshapen. The following are signs that you need urgent care:

  • If your big toe is fractured 
  • If you have dislocated your toe 
  • If your toe is significantly swollen 
  • If you cannot walk properly due to your toe injury 
  • If you cannot bear weight on your toe 
  • If you have a pus-filled blister 
  • If you have a skin lesion.

If you see any of the symptoms, you need urgent care. Doing so will give you access to modern medical equipment and top-notch medical care. Attempting to treat it yourself because your toe injury could become more severe if you do so.

If you are uncertain, you should immediately seek advice from your doctor. They will be able to tell you when you should seek professional treatment. Taking action could save your toe from amputation.

How to Prevent Toe Injury

You should also know how to prevent this type of injury. The best way to avoid this is to wear shoes that fit. Wearing the wrong size shoes can cause stress to your toes.  

Most importantly, you need to wear the right shoes for your physical activity. If you are a runner, you should wear shoes that fit you well. You could develop a runner’s toe if you continue wearing shoes too loose.

Conclusion

Toe injury can seem to be easy to treat. Chronic cases might require surgery. As a word of caution, do not attempt to treat your toe injury at home unless you can do so by following the instructions of your doctor.      

If you are uncertain on how to treat your toe trauma, you should immediately seek medical help from Agile Urgent Care. As an urgent care facility, we can treat your injury, so that you can go back to your day. Do not wait another minute, visit us now for your trauma! 

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