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Proper Treatment of Broken Toes

The toes contain many of 26 bones in the foot. Fractures of these bones are common and must be treated properly. Traumatic fractures are caused by a direct impact, such as dropping something heavy on the toe. These fractures can cause the bones to be displaced, giving the bone a crooked or abnormal appearance. Stress fractures are tiny hairline cracks along the length of the bone, mostly the result of repetitive use. Runners often have stress fractures. Experts agree that both types of fractures need medical treatment so they heal properly. If ignored, or allowed to heal on its own, a toe fracture can limit mobility or make it difficult to find shoes that fit. Other consequences include an onset of arthritis, chronic pain, and deformity. Treatment of broken toes should be overseen by a podiatrist who can examine the toe and diagnose the severity of the injury. In many cases non-surgical treatment, such as buddy wrapping, is sufficient. But with certain types of fractures, surgery may be required. If you have broken or even severely bruised a toe, please consult a podiatrist as soon as possible.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Patrick Bruton, DPM from Big Country foot and Ankle. 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
  • 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 Abilene, Brownwood, and Colorado City, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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