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As small as the pinky toe is, it can become extremely painful when it is injured. Pain in this toe may come from a variety of causes including a break or sprain, wearing shoes that are too tight, or a corn. This toe is more prone to injury because it is on the outside of the foot. An injury to this toe may result in swelling and pain. A broken or fractured pinky toe can happen if it is stubbed from a direct blow or a heavy object falls on it. A sprained pinky toe can happen from bumping the toe or stretching it beyond its normal range. It involves injury to the ligament of the toe. A corn, with hardened layers of skin, can develop on the small toe in response to pressure or friction and often from wearing tight-fitting shoes. Since the varied causes of pain in the pinky toe result in similar symptoms, if you have pain in this toe that does not resolve with rest, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. This is important to ensure that it heals properly and does not lead to other problems.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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