Give it some rest. Tape the sprain toe to the toe next to it, wear lose shoe to minimize the pressure on it, less walking if possible. Good luck. Thank you.
Splinting. Like any other injury it needs to be immobilized use tape to splint the toe to the toe next to it. Use a piece of cotton between the toes when splinting them. Ice for 15 minutes may help to reduce swelling if present.
RICE. Rest, ice, compression, elevate compression isn't the easiest on a toe, but rest, ice and elevate for a couple days are usually all that are needed for a toe. If not better in a couple days or if it's getting worse, see your doctor - i've discovered fractured toes a couple times when they didn't heal as quickly as a sprain should have.
Yes. If the toe is injured and inflammed, this can lead to contracture of the joint. This can put increased pressure on the metatarsal head causing causing irritation. A thicker, stiffer soled shoe with good arch support can sometimes reduce stress on the ball of the foot. Icing and antiinflammatories are also helpful. If symptoms persist, see your podiatrist. Dr l. Read more...