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Managing Toe Fractures

Common symptoms of a broken, or fractured, toe include pain, swelling, and a change in skin color due to bruising or bleeding under the skin. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days or hinder walking and wearing shoes, it is advisable to seek help from a podiatrist. The causes of a broken toe are typically related to accidents and injuries. Dropping something heavy on the foot or stubbing the toe against a hard object are the most common causes. A broken toe may include the risk of infection if the skin is cut near the injured toe, possibly leading to a chance of bone infection. Additionally, there' is a possibility of developing osteoarthritis, a wear and tear type of arthritis, particularly if the break affects one of the toe joints. Despite the discomfort and potential complications associated with toe fractures, the most common treatment for a toe fracture is buddy taping, where the injured toe is taped to the one next to it. Wearing rigid soled shoes can help by limiting joint movement.  For anyone who is experiencing extreme symptoms of a broken toe or is concerned about potential complications, it is suggested that you make 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 Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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