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How to Deal With Toe Fractures

Common symptoms of a broken, or fractured, toe include pain, swelling, and a change in skin color due to bruising or bleeding under the skin. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days or hinder walking and wearing shoes, it is advisable to seek help from a podiatrist. The causes of a broken toe are typically related to accidents and injuries. Dropping something heavy on the foot or stubbing the toe against a hard object are the most common causes. A broken toe may include the risk of infection if the skin is cut near the injured toe, possibly leading to a chance of bone infection. Additionally, there's a possibility of developing osteoarthritis, a wear-and-tear type of arthritis, particularly if the break affects one of the toe joints. Despite the discomfort and potential complications associated with toe fractures, the most common treatment for a toe fracture is buddy taping, where the injured toe is taped to the one next to it. Wearing rigid-sole shoes can help by limiting joint movement. An immediate visit to a podiatrist may be necessary for certain cases, such as open fractures, significant soft tissue damage, and dislocations. For anyone who is experiencing extreme symptoms of a broken toe or is concerned about potential complications, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Harris Greenberger, DPM from Fairfield County Foot Surgeons. Our podiatrist 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 Norwalk, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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