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How Do Toes Become Fractured?

Monday, 08 July 2019 00:00

There are several ways to fracture a toe. These can include dropping a heavy object on it, unexpectedly stepping off of a curb, or hitting it against a piece of furniture. The symptoms that are associated with broken toes often include severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Many patients hear a popping sound as the toe fractures, and it may appear deformed. It is generally difficult to wear shoes with a broken toe, and walking may be challenging. Mild relief may be found when the toe is elevated, as this is often helpful in reducing any existing swelling. It may be beneficial for the affected toe to be taped to the toe next to it, so it can have the necessary stability as the healing process occurs. If you have fractured your toe, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly 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 one of our podiatrists from New Tampa 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 one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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