Unfortunately, your toes can be broken just like any other bone in your body.
Because the toes are at the front of the feet, they are likely to experience injuries. When trauma occurs to a toe, it can be painful break or fracture. Sometimes repeated activity can place stress on the toes as well.
How do you know if you have a broken toe? Keep reading.
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Symptoms of minor toe fractures may include pain, swelling, bruising on the skin and toenail, and the inability to move the toe. if you’re experiencing these symptoms, then you need to see a doctor.
Symptoms of severe toe fractures include the toe appearing crooked or disfigured, tingling or numbness , or when there is an open, bleeding wound. If you have any of these symptoms you need to see a doctor or go to an emergency room as soon as possible.
Usually, a minor toe break will heal without complications, but you have to stop activities that put pressure on the toe. You need to stay off of the injured toe and immediately get a splint or cast to prevent movement of the toe bones.
The toe can be immobilized by placing a cotton ball between the injured toe and the toe beside it, and taping the two toes together. Swelling can be treated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe.
Severe toe fractures may need a splint, cast, and sometimes, minor surgery. Future complications can occur if the big toe is not treated correctly.
Pain that comes with minor toe fractures can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, but prescription pain medicine may be needed for severe toe fractures.
A minor broken toe usually needs four to six weeks to heal. In severe breaks, where the toe becomes infected or requires surgery, healing can take up to eight weeks or more.
You should immediately speak with your foot and ankle doctor if you think you’ve broken your toe due to trauma, as your foot and ankle doctor will be able to diagnose the injury and recommend the right treatment.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.