Discoloration and Toe Pain

When an individual experiences toe pain, there might be any number of causes behind the pain. One important cause of toe pain occurs when heavy objects are effectively dropped on the toe and an injury results from the impact. In response to this injury, it is possible for the toe and the toenail to feel painful. The toenail might feel painful to the touch, for example. Also, sometimes discoloration in the toenail might accompany feelings of pain in the toenail. For instance, blood can ultimately pile up beneath the nail in these situations. The toenail might then appear to be discolored, appearing slightly red, purple, blue, or even black. If you suspect that you suffered some kind of toe injury and are experiencing toe pain and toenail discoloration as a result, contact a podiatrist today to schedule an examination. This foot specialist will help you solve your foot problems.


Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot and Ankle Clinics, PA. 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 Woodbury, West St. Paul, and Edina, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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