pain in sprained/dislocated big toe 5 months later


I sprained and dislocated my big toe in July after a fall. My toe bent upwards when I fell. I went to the doctor and was treated for the injury. (Anti-inflammatory, ice/heat, elevation.) The treatments seemed to help but my toe was resprained a week later when someone severely stepped on it. I again went to the doctor and he confirmed that it had been sprained again.

Since then, I am still experiencing pain in the toe/joint as well as occasional swelling. It will often hurt at the end of the day especially after a day full of walking (I’m a college student so I have to walk everywhere on campus) The toe also still hurts when it is bent upwards even to the smallest degree. There is also pain when pressure is applied to the side of the joint on the injured foot but not my other foot.

Could the toe possibly be broken or maybe healed wrong?


One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question. Sounds like you have some residual inflammation in your great toe joint. If you have not had any steroid/cortisone injections to the joint it may be worth considering.

    I often tell my patients that inflammation can get “stuck” in the joint due to the joint capsule. Injections are beneficial because the steroid is injected directly to the site of pain. If you are not interested in doing an injection and have not been doing anything for inflammation – including topical anti-inflammatories then I would consider adding this to your regimen.

    If X-rays do not reveal a fracture then most likely this is not a bone issue but rather a soft tissue issue.

    I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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