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.

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If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:

Mercy Injury Unit, Gurranabraher (021)4926900

LIU Mallow(022)58506

LIU Bantry(027)52900

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan.

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