- Excessive tension
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- Stubbing your toe into something when walking barefoot or while wearing sandals
- Stopping suddenly when running, causing a toe to jam into the end of your shoe
- Landing awkwardly from a jump, causing a toe to jam into the end of your shoe
Sports such as:
- Wearing inappropriate footwear for an activity
- Poor coordination
- Rough ground
- Pain and tenderness in the toe
- Pain when moving the toe
- Swelling and bruising of the toe
- Partial tearing of ligament tissue
- Mild instability of the joint
- Severe or complete tearing of ligament tissue
- Significant instability of the joint
- Rest—Avoid using the injured toe. Go about your normal activities as much as you can tolerate.
- Ice—Ice may help decrease swelling and pain in the first few days after the injury.
- Compression—Compression of the toe with an elastic bandage may help to control swelling.
- Elevation—Keep the injured foot raised above the level of your heart to help drain fluid and reduce swelling.
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