If you experienced something heavy falling on your foot, you may have what is referred to as a broken toe. Common symptoms of a broken toe include swelling and bruising affecting the toe and surrounding area, accompanied by severe pain. If the bone protrudes from the skin, this is typically known as an extreme fracture, and medical attention should be sought as soon as possible for treatment. If the break is not severe, the toe can benefit from being elevated, which may aid in reducing any obvious swelling. A common treatment technique for broken toes involves bandaging the injured toe to the toe next to it; this may promote stability and proper healing. It’s advisable to wear comfortable shoes with adequate room for the toes. also, the use of crutches may be beneficial in keeping weight off the foot. If you feel you may have broken your toe, see a podiatrist immediately for a proper diagnosis and additional information.
A broken toe can be very painful and can lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. Our doctors are always available to attend to your 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 includes:
- Throbbing pain
- 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 one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, FL.