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What Are the Symptoms of a Broken Toe?

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

The big toe is helpful in maintaining balance and positioning the foot. If a heavy object should fall on it, or if it is jammed into a piece of furniture, it may become fractured. A broken toe can make it difficult to walk, and may be accompanied by additional symptoms. These can include severe pain, stiffness, and bruising of the affected toe and surrounding area. A simple and effective treatment method is referred to as buddy taping. This involves taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This procedure may be helpful in providing the necessary support as the healing process occurs. It is beneficial to avoid walking on a fractured toe. If this cannot be prevented, it may help to wear shoes that have a closed toe area. If you have endured a broken toe, please speak with a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment solutions as quickly as possible.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Frank Henry, DPM from Marble Falls, TX. 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 Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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