The pain that accompanies a broken toe can be severe. Additional symptoms can include immediate swelling and bruising, and it can be difficult to walk. A toe can break if a heavy object falls on it, or if it is stubbed into a piece of furniture. If the toe is severely broken, the bone can protrude, and prompt medical attention is often sought. Some patients realize their toe is broken as a result of continual throbbing. A proper diagnosis is generally taken that can confirm the fractured toe, which consists of having an X-ray done. A mildly broken toe can be treated by using the buddy taping method. This is accomplished by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, which can provide the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. Severely broken toes may require surgery that can provide complete healing. If you believe you have incurred this type of injury, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment that is correct for you.
A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Kimberly Woodard, DPM from Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Centers, LLC . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What to Know About a Broken Toe
Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).
Symptoms of a Broken Toe
- Throbbing pain
- Bruising on the skin and toenail
- The inability to move the toe
- Toe appears crooked or disfigured
- Tingling or numbness in the toe
Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.
Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.
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