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Causes and Symptoms of Broken Toes

Broken toes, though often perceived as minor injuries, can cause significant discomfort and inconvenience. Common causes include trauma from stubbing or dropping heavy objects on the toes, as well as sports-related injuries and accidents. Symptoms of a broken toe typically include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. In severe cases, the toe may appear misaligned or visibly deformed. Unlike more complex fractures, diagnosing a broken toe may not always require imaging tests. However, seeking medical attention from a podiatrist is advisable to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any complications. Treatment for broken toes typically involves rest, elevation, and immobilization to promote healing and alleviate pain. In some instances, a podiatrist may recommend buddy taping or wearing a splint or walking boot to stabilize the toe during recovery. Having a broken toe can negatively impact daily activities. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you seek advice about proper treatment from a podiatrist as quickly as possible to avoid potential complications in healing.

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 In Motion 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 our offices located in Cypress and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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