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Causes of Broken Toes

The bones located in the toes are small and delicate, and they may easily break if the toe is stubbed, or if a heavy object is dropped on it. This will typically cause extreme pain, and the toe may appear deformed if the fracture is severe. Some of the symptoms that are associated with broken toes may include swelling, bruising, or an inability to move the toe.  Mild relief may be found when the foot is elevated and resting, and this may help to alleviate some of the swelling. Some patients find it beneficial to tape the toe to the one next to it, and this is referred to as buddy taping. This method may provide the stability that is necessary to keep the toe from moving. If tingling or numbness is noticed, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat your broken toe.

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 Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. 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 our offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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