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What To Do If You Have Broken Your Toe

If you’ve stubbed your toe or dropped a heavy object on it, you may experience what is referred to as a broken toe. Common symptoms of the condition may include bruising, swelling, and extreme pain when the toe is moved. If the injury is severe, there may be a popping sound that occurs, indicative of the toe breaking. Typically, a proper diagnosis includes having an X-ray performed, and this will determine to what extent the toe is broken or dislocated. Treatment may consist of stabilizing the toe by taping it to the toe next to it, after placing soft cushioning between these toes. Surgery may be a necessary treatment option if the break is severe. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information about broken toes.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor 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 Lancaster, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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