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Broken Toes 101

A broken toe is a common foot injury, and can be caused for various reasons. If a heavy object suddenly drops on it, or if it is stubbed into a piece of furniture, it may fracture. Some people gradually develop a broken toe from increasing speed and distance too quickly while running, and this may be considered to be a type of stress fracture. Common symptoms of a broken toe can include immediate bruising, a reduced range of motion, and it can be difficult to walk. If the fracture is severe, there may be a popping sound that is heard when the injury occurs, and the bone may protrude from the skin. Most people who have broken their toe will have a diagnosis performed that can confirm this, which is done by having an X-ray taken. Treatment for mildly broken toes can consist of using the buddy taping method. This is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This is often successful in providing the necessary stability as the toe heals. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

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 New England Foot and Ankle. 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 Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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