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Healing a Broken Toe

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

A broken toe can occur due to trauma or injury, such as stubbing the toe or dropping a heavy object on it. Pain, swelling, stiffness, bruising, and difficulty walking are symptoms of a fractured toe. If a broken toe is not properly cared for, complications can develop including arthritis or a toe deformity. Depending on the severity of a toe fracture, surgery might be needed to put it back in place. Staying off the foot and buddy taping are generally recommended as things one can do immediately to relieve the pain of a broken toe. Buddy taping involves taping the fractured toe to the one next to it. If you think you may have broken your toe, and rest and home remedies are not providing relief, contact a podiatrist who can provide appropriate treatments for 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 Cascade Foot & 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 Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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