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Diagnosis of Pain and Discoloration of Toes

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Toe pain can have various causes, and it is necessary to consider a number of possibilities to determine the underlying condition accurately. Cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, can lead to toe pain accompanied by symptoms like redness, swelling, warmth, and sometimes fever. Cryoglobulinemia, although rare, can result in recurrent skin discoloration, known as palpable purpura, on the lower extremities, often associated with joint pain and kidney issues. Trauma is another common cause, with toe pain following a history of injury, typically displaying corresponding contusion patterns. Warfarin skin necrosis, a rare complication of anticoagulant therapy, may present as painful skin necrosis in areas with accumulated fat during the beginning of warfarin use. Lastly, blue toe syndrome can cause acute, painful cyanotic discoloration in the toes due to an embolism. If you have painful, discolored, or swollen toes and there is no obvious cause, or one that needs attention, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Henry Miller of New Jersey. Our doctor 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 office located in Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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