Sprained Pinky Toe

Sprained Pinky Toe: Find out the symptoms & complete treatment protocol for a sprained pinky toe! That is one vulnerable toe!



Sprained Pinky Toe Symptoms:

A sprained pinky toe will really hurt for the first couple days. This is the inflammatory response taking place. The goal is to cut it down & then healing can begin.

  • Pain in the entire pinky toe.
  • Possible numbness, burning & tingling due to nerve irritation.
  • Swelling & edema in the entire little toe.
  • Swelling & edema in the pinky toe joint.
  • Bruising at the bottom of the outside of the foot or pinky toe a day or two later.


Sprained Pinky Toe
The pinky toe is very susceptible to being sprained & damaged when barefoot. It is the weakest & least protected toe on the foot


Causes Of A Sprained Pinky Toe:

  • A sprained pinky toe usually happens as the big toe is bent backwards.
  • This is common when walking barefoot.
  • The pinky toe is not very strong & is easily overcome by a stubbing or forcefully striking an object.
  • It is most common while walking barefoot.
  • This toe is the most susceptible to injury of all the toes.



Sprained Pinky Toe
The vast majority of sprained pinky toe joints will get much better in a couple days. They will then be completely better in about 1-2 weeks!


Sprained Pinky Toe Recovery Time:

There are three grades of sprained pinky toe injuries. The recovery time can very based on what grade of sprain you have. Don’t worry, most sprains are a grade 1 injury.


1) Grade 1 Sprain:

  • The joint capsule & soft tissue are simply stretched.
  • This is the vast majority of pinky toe sprains, no matter how painful they are initially.
  • This results in a more mild amount of swelling & bruising.
  • Perform initial treatment as detailed below.

Sprained Pinky Toe Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks.


2) Grade 2 Sprain:

  • This is a partial tear of the plantar anatomy.
  • This results in severe bruising & swelling.
  • It is usually indistinguishable from a grade 1 sprain early on.
  • This likely does not need any surgery or intervention.
  • It is a good idea to head in for precautionary imaging at your podiatrist’s office.
  • Perform initial treatment as detailed below.

Sprained Pinky Toe Recovery Time: 2-4 weeks.


3) Grade 3 Sprain:

  • This is a complete tear of the soft tissue anatomy.
  • This causes severe swelling & bruising.
  • There is possible deformity.
  • This will require a visit to the podiatrist for imaging and intervention.

Sprained Pinky Toe Recovery Time: 2-3 weeks. Will require podiatrist intervention & imaging. 


Sprained Pinky Toe
The only way to know if the pinky toe is broken for sure is to get an X-ray!


Is My Pinky Toe Broken Or Sprained?

  • This is very difficult to say for sure.
  • The only way to know 100% is to head to your podiatrist’s office or the ER forX-ray imaging.
  • There are many cases where a sprained big toe looks worse than a broken toe.
  • There are other cases where very mild injuries can result in a broken toe.
  • Think broken toe if:
    • Crunching noise during the injury.
    • Severe swelling & bruising.
    • Complete inability to move the toe.
    • Obvious deformity.


Sprained Pinky Toe Treatment:

Sprained Pinky Toe
If it is just a mild sprain, lightly tape the pinky toe to the 4th toe for security. This is called a buddy splint.


Other Outside of the Foot Pain Causes:


Skin Problems:

Calluses are thick patches of skin that appear in sites of friction against the shoe, the floor or any other part of the foot. The danger is a blister can form underneath the callus!

A corn looks like a little pebble that can form, they usually even occur with a callus around them. This can be exceptionally painful.

Follow our at home pain relief guides, how to trim your nails properly and even how to remove them permanently.

These occur from stubbing your toe, so learn how to deal with them properly! Is it broken or is it just bruised, find out with this guide.


Bone and Joint Problems:

This is when you toe looks really big and as if though its popping out at the base.

This is when you have a crooked or curved toe.


5th Metatarsal Pain:


Muscle & Tendon Pain:


Pain in the Small Toes:

Most Likely

Ball of the foot:

5th Toe