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    Suggest treatment for pain and swelling in the big toe after injury

Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 in Lump
Question: I fell last night and stubbed my big toe, toe nail bled and nail broke off. But what hurts in the joint of my big toe. Feels like it's jammed. Is there anything I can do for it. Taking tylenol, foot is swelling tonight and throbs

Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 35 minutes later
Brief Answer:
rest, ibuprofen/naproxen, cold compress, bandage

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

If you can, you use medications with an anti inflammatory effect such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
These are over the counter medications and they would help with pain and swelling, can be combined with the tylenol since they are from a different drug family and there is no interaction.

In addition, continued rest, ice compress to the affected area, compression bandage, may be helpful.
The ice compress should be applied for 15 t0 20 mins, 2 to 3 times daily.

A small bandage or strapping can tape the big toe to the adjacent toe to help stabilize it and would significantly reduce pain

You may need an xray if the pain is very intense

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions

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