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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.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Cory Brown, DPM. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lewiston, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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