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Why Do My Toes Hurt?

Toe pain can be mildly irritating to debilitating. Common causes of toe pain are arthritis, bunions, and nail conditions. Such pain can come on suddenly or develop over time. As tiny as toes are, they contain a total of 14 bones, as well as joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. All these things can become injured, infected, or prone to other conditions that cause pain. Arthritis can lead to stiffness, swelling, and pain in toe joints. A bunion is a bony growth on the outside of the big toe joint that can cause irritation and deformity. An ingrown toenail can cause pain, especially when it rubs against a shoe and is infected. If you experience persistent toe pain, visit a podiatrist who can diagnose the problem and provide treatment for relief.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Lance Greiff, DPM of Great Neck Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Great Neck Bronx, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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