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.
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 Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors 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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