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Remedies for a stubbed toe

A stubbed toe is a common injury of the foot usually caused by colliding with a furniture and walking barefoot or on the curb and result to swelling or bruising.

Symptoms of a stubbed toe

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling and discoloration of skin around the affected area.
  • Abnormal appearance of the toe or “bent” or misaligned appearance
  • Bleeding
  • Difficulty in walking and wearing shoes due to inflammation and swelling of the area.
  • Bruising
  • Broken and misplaced nail
  • If there difficulty removing the shoe and sock, the area could be fractured or sprained and needs treatment immediately.
    Remedies for a stubbed toe

    Swelling and discoloration of skin around the affected area.


  • Take plenty of rest especially the affected area. Avoid putting weight on the toe to lessen the pain and for fast healing of the condition.
  • Clean and disinfect the affected to prevent the risk of developing an infection. Wash the toe with soap and warm water. Dry the toe using a towel and then apply the prescribed anti-bacterial cream on any breaks on the skin such as scrapes, cuts and abrasions. Cover the affected toe with a clean bandage. Change bandage at least every day as the area starts to heal.
  • Apply ice on the affected toe to lessen the swelling and the pain. Wrap bag of ice in a towel or rag before pressing it on the area for at least 20 minutes on the first 24 hours. After 24 hours ice the area for 2-3 times every day until the pain becomes reduced. Another alternative is using bag of frozen vegetables such as peas or corn is also good for the condition.
  • Put light cushion on the shoe such as a gel insole to lessen the pain and soreness when walking.
  • Prescribed pain medications to lessen the pain and the inflammation.
  • Buddy tape the affected toe to support the area. Wrap a tape around the affected toe and to the toe next to it. Place cotton between the toes to prevent it from becoming moist. Buddy taping prevents unnecessary movements and further irritations. Change cotton between the toes every day.
  • Elevate the affected area above the level of the heart. When sitting or lying down raise the area in couple of pillows to keep it elevated. The lymphatic fluid that causes the swelling flows away from the area and lessen the pain and the inflammation.


  • Avoid walking barefoot
  • Wear strong, closed shoes that gives proper protection for the toes
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes while stubbed toe is yet totally healed.
  • Keep the affected area covered with bandage while in the healing stage.

More Information

The details posted on this page on a stubbed toe is for learning purposes only. To learn to properly manage this injury, enroll in a first aid course with one of our training providers.

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