Recognizing and treating a broken toe is critical in preventing potential mobility and chronic pain issues. Severe pain following stubbing a toe or a heavy object falling on it may indicate a break or sprain. Symptoms of a broken toe can include throbbing pain at the point where the bone has fractured, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. There may also be a popping sound when a toe has fractured. A bad break can cause a dislocation of the toe, causing it to look deformed. For milder breaks, the buddy-taping method can stabilize the toe, while serious fractures may require surgery or a walking cast. Recovery may take several weeks to months, with gradual improvement in pain indicating healing. Wearing comfortable footwear and easing back into activities will help with recovery. If you think you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
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 Amir Shalev, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. 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
- Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
- 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.
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