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Causes of Children's Toe Injuries

In the world of childhood mishaps, toe injuries rank among the most prevalent, encompassing a spectrum of ailments from jammed toes to fractures. Jammed toes often occur during vigorous play or sports, where sudden stops or collisions can cause the toe to forcefully bend, leading to pain and swelling. Toenail injuries are another common occurrence, typically the result of stubbing or dropping heavy objects on the toe, causing pain, bleeding, or even toenail loss. Additionally, subungual hematoma, characterized by blood pooling under the toenail, often arises from trauma or repetitive pressure on the toe, causing discomfort and discoloration. Fractures, though less frequent, can happen due to severe impact or twisting motions, resulting in pain, swelling, and potential deformity. If your child has endured a toe injury, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of APEX Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors 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 Fort Myers, Cypress Cove, Shellpoint, Naples, and Carlisle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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