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Q: I hit my little toe on my coffee table a year ago and taped it to the next toe for about a month. It seemed to get better, but now is getting more painful. What can be done?

A: Injuries to the toes can result in many problems. When a toe or other part of the foot is injured, its bones can break or dislocate at the joints. There is a good chance that your toe bones were either out of alignment as they healed, or one or more of the toe joints were damaged and have developed arthritis. Radiographs will need to be taken to evaluate the position and health of the toe bones. Anti-inflammatory treatments, changes in shoes, or surgery may be indicated.

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