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A Broken Toe and the Buddy Taping Method

There are several bones in each foot, and any one of them may become fractured. Common reasons a broken toe can happen can include dropping a heavy object on it or stubbing it into a piece of furniture. The pinky toe can easily break, as it is located on the outermost part of the foot. Many people experience immediate symptoms that can consist of bruising and swelling, and it can be difficult to walk. Mildly broken toes may be treated by using the buddy taping method, which is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This can be effective in providing necessary stability as it heals. Severely broken toes may have a bone protruding from it and will often be accompanied by bleeding and severe pain. Some patients may have difficulty moving the affected toe after it has healed, which may indicate arthritis has developed. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and guide you toward the treatment option that is best for you.

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 our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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