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Broken Toe Causes and Treatment

Broken toes, or toe fractures, typically occur when the toe experiences a sudden impact or pressure. This may be due to a heavy object falling on it or stubbing it against a hard surface, like furniture or steps. Symptoms of a broken toe include pain, swelling, and discoloration of the toenail because of trapped blood underneath. Fractures of the big toe potentially cause more intense pain, increased swelling, and bruising, which affects mobility. Diagnosis of a fractured toe is usually made through a physical examination by a podiatrist, often without the need for X-rays. Treatment may involve buddy taping, which is securing the injured toe to the adjacent one for support. Draining trapped blood under the toenail to help alleviate discomfort. A podiatrist also may prescribe wearing comfortable footwear or a protective boot to aid healing. In more serious cases, surgery may be required to correct the injury. For an exam, personalized guidance, and proper treatment of a broken toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jeffrey Rosenblatt, DPM from New York. 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 Brooklyn and New York City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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