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Common Reasons a Toe May Become Fractured

The common reasons why people incur a broken toe is from dropping a heavy object on it, or stubbing it into a piece of furniture. Additionally, some patients may endure a toe injury, and the result may be a broken toe. Common symptoms that many people experience can include a popping sound as the toe snaps, and pain that becomes worse when the toe is moved. Additionally, bruising and swelling are common symptoms of a broken toe, and in severe cases, the affected toe may look deformed if it is displaced. A simple diagnosis consists of having an X-ray taken, and this can be helpful in determining how severely the toe is fractured. An effective treatment plan is called the buddy taping method, and this is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This is often successful in providing the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. The foot and toe will feel better when it is frequently rested and elevated, and this may help to alleviate a portion of the swelling. If you have broken your toe, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can offer you a treatment method that is correct for you. 

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 Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. 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 office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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