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Gout, which is a form of arthritis, can causes pain in the toes. Crystals collect in toe joints, causing severe pain and swelling. The big toe is often affected.

Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler recommends:

  • Rest the foot.
  • Ice the area.
  • Take medication such as colchicine, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or prednisone
  • Avoid foods that can make gout worse.

Claw toe is when your toe points down or up and is unable to straighten. It’s often the result of nerve damage from diseases like diabetes or alcoholism, which weakens the muscles in your foot. Without special footwear to accommodate the claw toe, you may develop irritation and calluses.


Houston’s Foot Doc Sherman Nagler recommends:

  • Change to better-fitting footwear. Avoid high heels and tight shoes.
  • Do stretches for your toes and toe joints.
  • Try shoe inserts.
  • Ask your doctor about surgery.

A toe sprain may happen when you jam or stub your toe, damaging the tendon or soft tissues of the toe. If you don’t have a fracture, the pain and swelling should go away within days.

A toe fracture, or broken bone, can happen in any of the bones of the toes. Minor fractures may only require rest, ice, and pain relievers. Serious fractures may need surgery. Go to a Dr. Sherman Nagler to be sure.

If you are in any pain, always call Nagler Foot Center for a consultation. 713.529.1010