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How To Treat A Stubbed Toe

How To Treat A Stubbed Toe

this video talks about how to treat stubbed toes

Hello I'm Charles Goldman, a qualified Chiropodist/Podiatrist. I run “The Foot Pad” chiropody and physical therapy clinic in Holborn, Central London. Today I'm going to talk to you about various foot problems and their treatment.

We are now going to discuss the treatment of stubbed toe. If you've stubbed your toe during the day, banged into a wall, door post, or whatever then obviously it's going to be very painful. Take your shoe and socks of obviously and have a look.

If you got bleeding you've got to treat that to prevent infection. If you've torn the nail or the nail is coming off you have to be careful you don't get other infections as well. Treat it with antiseptics straight away; put a clean dry dressing on.

If you've just got bruising you want to calm the bruising down put something on like arnica cream, ice pack that will cool that down. If you've got other problems like the pain is intense and ongoing even after you've taken pain killers you may have broken the toe, then you obviously have to seek medical advice although they don't generally splinter the toes now. If you want to treat it the best thing is to rest, strap it so you don't bang it again.

Sometimes when you stub your toe you can rupture the small blood vessels in the nail bed and you can get a blood blister under the nail and this is when the nails seem to go all black. This can often be very painful. A professional can treat this very easily, very simply drilling just through the nail to release the fluid and that releases the pressure and that would just dry up otherwise there's not a lot you can do.

Sometimes when you stub your toe, you can actually puncture the skin at the edge of a nail and this could lead to an ingrown toe nail which often can include infections and other serious pain. So it's very important to treat it straight away and make sure you haven't done that and this is the way we would treat a stubbed toes.