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Two Types of Toe Fractures

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

There are different ways of fracturing a toe. A sudden increase in running or walking can produce a stress or hairline fracture, and can be uncomfortable. When a heavy object is dropped on it, or if it is jammed against a piece of furniture, it is considered to be more of a serious fracture, and there are noticeable symptoms that a break has occurred. These can include immediate bruising, and swelling, and the affected toe bone may protrude from the skin. If the break is very painful, a popping sound may be heard at the time of the injury. There is often a limited range of motion, and it can be difficult to walk. A proper diagnosis often consists of having an X-ray taken, and this is generally successful in determining how severe the break is. Many broken toes are treated by using the buddy taping method. This involves taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, which can provide the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. If you have broken your toe, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so the toe can heal correctly. 

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 Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. 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 Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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