The RICE method is the best treatment to follow at home.
- Rest – Avoid activities that increase toe pain and try to stay off of it as much as possible. You may use crutches if pain is too bad with walking.
- Ice- Apply ice around the affected area as often as possible. At least once every hour or so for about 10-20 minutes.
- Compression- Wrap the toe and foot with a bandage. Tape the big toe to the others to prevent excess movement.
- Elevation- Keep foot above heart as much as possible to decrease swelling. This can be done while icing as well.
Once pain and swelling has reduced, you can begin light stretching of the toe and light strengthening. Exercises may include the following:
- Towel scrunches- place towel on floor while seated, gently scrunch towel with toes and repeat for a 2-3 minutes.
- Seated heel raises and seated toe raises.
- Great toe stretching with towel/strap
If pain and swelling do not reduce with the above treatment, you may need to further consult with orthopedic.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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