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Have I Broken My Toe?

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

There are several small bones in the toes of each foot. When the toes are jammed into a piece of furniture or something heavy drops on them, they may fracture. The toes play a significant role in walking and maintaining balance, and a broken toe can affect your gait or walking style. Common symptoms include pain that will not subside, bruising, swelling, and redness of the affected area. In addition to having a physical examination, an X-ray is an effective method of determining a correct diagnosis. If the fracture is mild, buddy taping can be done. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, as this provides stability for the healing process. In severe breaks, the bone may protrude from the skin and look deformed. This requires urgent medical attention, which may help to prevent infection, and surgery may be needed to properly align the displaced bone. If you feel you may have broken your toe, please confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose and 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 Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. Our doctor 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 Delray Beach and Hallandale Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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