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Broken Toe Basics

A broken toe is a relatively common injury that can be either a partial or complete fracture. A complete break is when the joints in the toes are affected as well as the bones. Most broken toes occur due to a heavy object falling on them or by stubbing the toe into a piece of furniture. Many patients notice immediate swelling and bruising surrounding the broken toe and it is often difficult to walk. In severe fractures, the toe may protrude through the skin and the foot may look deformed. Mild fractures may benefit from using the buddy method. This is completed by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it for stability as the healing process begins. Relief may also be found when using crutches and when the foot is elevated. Broken toes often require medical attention from a podiatrist who can perform an X-ray which can determine the extent of the break. If you have broken your toe, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment methods.

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 Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. 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 one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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