Why Does My Toe Hurt On the Side?

Posted by Dr. Brian Nagy on February 6, 2018

Why does my toe hurtIf you wake up in the morning and ask yourself "Why does my toe hurt?", you should probably make an appointment with Dr. Nagy to find out the cause. Standing on your feet all day can result in varying degrees of foot pain, but it rarely localizes the pain to the sides of your toes. While you may be able to figure out part of the problem on your own, it's always a good idea to seek medical attention when it comes to your feet. The following may be possible causes of your toe pain, but you should still make an appointment to have your feet evaluated.

Shoes That Don't Fit Properly

Wearing shoes that are too small or that don't allow for ample room for your toes can lead to painful toes. The type of shoes you wear may also be part of the problem. Wearing high heels or shoes that come to a point can put an excessive amount of pressure on your toes. This can cause cramping, swelling, callouses, and eventually deformities of the bone. When purchasing shoes, you should always make sure your toes have enough room to move and that your arches and the curves of your feet are fully supported.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a common sign of toe pain, especially along the sides. You may not notice anything wrong by just looking at your toe, but the sides still hurt. This is because the toenail itself is growing under the skin and cutting the flesh. If not treated, an infection can develop, resulting in even more pain and discomfort. Whenever you begin to feel pain towards the sides of your toes by the toenail, look closely at the nail itself to determine if it is growing abnormally. Check out this 15 Minute Fix for a simple solution for ingrown toenails. A trip to Nagy Footcare will resolve the issue in a short amount of time.

Weak Ankles

Weak ankles may also cause pain in the toes. When you're ankles are weak or have been injured, the way you walk changes to compensate for the pain and discomfort. If the tendons and ligaments in your ankle have deteriorated due to a chronic illness or recurring injury, HyProCure┬« can help restore proper form and function to your ankle and foot. This will relieve the pressure on the toes and correct arch abnormalities that can cause you to walk on the sides of your feet. Physical therapy exercises that involve stretching the feet are also beneficial and will help to keep the connective tissue flexible and pain-free.

Chronic Conditions That Affect the Feet

Chronic conditions that affect the feet can also be a common cause of various types of toe pain, especially along the sides. A few of the most commonly reported chronic conditions include:

  • Arthritis or degenerative bone disease that affects the joints
  • Bunions/bunionettes
  • Hammertoes
  • Corns/callouses
  • Plantar fasciitis

Any of these conditions can place stress on the feet and toes that lead to pain and discomfort. While there are many home remedies that will work fine at reducing your discomfort, it's important to find the true cause of the pain and receive medical treatment to prevent the condition from worsening. There are several treatment options available to relieve toe pain and keep your feet functioning as they should.

When you begin to experience any type of toe or foot pain, contact Dr. Nagy's office as soon as possible. Many issues with the feet can be easily treated allowing you to resume your daily activities in a short amount of time. Other conditions may require physical therapy or the use of custom-made orthotics to help support the injured areas of the foot. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Nagy today to find out what is causing your toe pain and how it can be treated. Don't spend another day in pain.

At Nagy Footcare, our best day is when you wake up with no foot pain.

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Topics: Foot Problems, Toe Pain

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