Nothing in our body can hurt without reason. Therefore, if a toe is swollen, then an inflammatory process occurs there, the cause of which must be established for effective treatment.
The main causes of pain and swelling in the toes
Today there are such common reasons:
- ingrown nail on a sore toe;
- wearing narrow or small shoes;
- bruise or fracture
- arthrosis or arthritis;
But still, if the toe is swollen and hurts for no reason, as it may seem to you, then it is better to consult a doctor for advice, take a blood and urine test, and also undergo an x-ray if necessary.
What to do and when to visit a doctor?
Upon careful examination of the finger, you can find an ingrown nail, which caused pain and swelling, and without removing it, the pain will not go away. If it is not possible to cut it yourself, then surgical intervention by a specialist is necessary.
When you wear shoes that are not the right size, they press and rub on you, then it is better to change them to a comfortable and suitable one for your leg, otherwise there is a risk of earning not only early arthritis, but also bringing the situation to the formation of a tumor.
If the toe is swollen after the impact, while the pain is not severe, there are no bruises or fluid accumulation at the site of the injury, and the toe has not changed color, then this may be a simple bruise. In such a case, it makes sense to use diclofenac-based ointments, to relieve inflammation and pain. But if there is no noticeable improvement within 2 days, then the problem requires medical attention, since a fracture or other damage may appear at the site of the impact.
If pain and swelling suddenly appeared in the area of the finger joint, then this may indicate the onset of the development of gout, as well as diseases such as arthritis or arthrosis, etc. Therefore, this problem cannot be solved without consulting a doctor.
It is much more dangerous when the finger is swollen and reddened on the leg due to diabetes or neoplasm. At home, this cause cannot be identified. Such diseases are life-threatening and a visit to a doctor should be immediate.