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Proper Treatment of Broken Toes

The toes contain many of 26 bones in the foot. Fractures of these bones are common and must be treated properly. Traumatic fractures are caused by a direct impact, such as dropping something heavy on the toe. These fractures can cause the bones to be displaced, giving the bone a crooked or abnormal appearance. Stress fractures are tiny hairline cracks along the length of the bone, mostly the result of repetitive use. Runners often have stress fractures. Experts agree that both types of fractures need medical treatment so they heal properly. If ignored, or allowed to heal on its own, a toe fracture can limit mobility or make it difficult to find shoes that fit. Other consequences include an onset of arthritis, chronic pain, and deformity. Treatment of broken toes should be overseen by a podiatrist who can examine the toe and diagnose the severity of the injury. In many cases non-surgical treatment, such as buddy wrapping, is sufficient. But with certain types of fractures, surgery may be required. If you have broken or even severely bruised a toe, please consult a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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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