Toe Injuries


Cork Emergency Departments


Most toe injuries are of minor medical significance. However, they can be very painful. To minimize discomfort we suggest the following steps:

  1. Rest for the first 24-48 hours as much as possible, with your foot elevated on cushions so that the toe is at a higher level than your groin.
  2. Apply crushed ice or frozen peas wrapped in a damp cloth for ten minutes, six times daily for the first two to three days. Avoid hot baths.
  3. After three days, when not walking, continue to elevate your foot as much as possible and avoid prolonged standing.
  4. If strapping has been applied and is comfortable or helpful, change it every 24 hours. Take care to wash and dry between the toes every time you change the strapping.
  5. Wear comfortable and protective footwear without high heels.

For pain relief you may wish to take simple painkilling tablets such as paracetamol. Please make sure you follow the instructions shown on the label.

Continued symptoms

 

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If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended: MUH (021) 4271971 M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900 CUH (021) 4920200 LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506 Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 14/05/2006. Next review 14/05/2007.

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