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Taking Care of a Broken Toe

Broken toes, though often overlooked, can cause significant discomfort and impairment. They typically occur due to trauma, such as stubbing the toe against furniture or dropping a heavy object on it. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty while walking. If you suspect a broken toe, it is important to avoid putting weight on it and refrain from attempting to pop it back into place. Instead, stabilize the toe by taping it to an adjacent toe for support and elevate the foot to reduce swelling. If the pain is severe, the toe appears deformed, or there is numbness or tingling, it is suggested that you seek care from a podiatrist. Further treatment may involve splinting, or in severe cases, realignment, or surgical intervention to promote proper healing and prevent long-term complications.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. 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 Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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