Usually, a broken toe is not a serious foot condition, despite the fact it can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common ways to break a toe include jamming it against a piece of furniture or dropping a heavy object on it. Many patients notice immediate pain, bruising and swelling, and the affected toe is often difficult to move. In severe fractures, the toe may protrude at an uncomfortable angle, and may require an aggressive form of treatment. The bone may need to be moved back into place, and this is referred to as reduction. Relief may be found when the broken toe is taped to the toe next to it, which can provide the stability that is necessary as the healing process occurs. This method, referred to as buddy taping, is fairly easy to accomplish. Surgery may be a viable treatment option if the break is severe, in addition to possible wearing a cast that can provide added support. If you have broken a toe, you may with to visit a podiatrist for a complete examination and treatment options.
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 Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . 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
- 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 offices located in Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, and Wicker Park, Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.