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Causes and Care of a Broken Toe

A broken toe, while seemingly minor, can be surprisingly painful and disruptive. The causes are varied and can result from direct trauma, such as stubbing your toe against a hard object, or from dropping something heavy on it. A broken toe can also happen from repetitive stress, and many athletes can be affected. Common symptoms include immediate pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the toe. In severe cases, the toe may appear misaligned or discolored. Treatment typically involves rest, compression, and elevation, and this can be effective in reducing existing swelling. Immobilizing the toe with a splint or buddy-taping it to a neighboring toe can help with alignment and healing. Pain relief medication may also help to alleviate discomfort. More severe breaks may require resetting and splinting by a podiatrist. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult this type of doctor for a proper diagnosis and guidance on what the most suitable treatment plan is 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 one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors 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
  • Swelling
  • 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA and Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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