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Possible Causes of Broken Toes

A common reason why broken toes may occur can be a result of dropping a heavy object on them. Additionally, stubbing your toe against a piece of furniture or suddenly stepping off of a curb may produce a fractured toe. It is considered to be a painful injury, and with severe fractures, the bone may protrude from the skin. Many patients who have broken their toes find that it may be helpful to tape the broken toe to the toe next to it, which is referred to as buddy taping. This procedure may be beneficial in providing the stability that is needed as the healing process takes place. It can also help to elevate the foot in an effort to diminish any existing swelling. If you believe you have broken your toe, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist as soon as possible to determine what the best treatment is 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 Advanced Podiatry Associates. 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 Northampton and Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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