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How Do Broken Toes Occur?

Monday, 30 December 2019 00:00

A broken toe can be the result of a heavy object falling on it, or jamming it against a piece of furniture. Common symptoms that are typically associated with this ailment can consist of severe pain and discomfort, extreme bruising, and difficulty walking. A diagnosis is typically performed by having an X-ray taken. This is an effective method in locating the exact area of the toe where the fracture has occurred. Once this has been determined, the correct treatment can begin. Many patients find it beneficial to tape the affected toe to the toe next to it. This is known as the buddy taping method. Additionally, for severe fractures, it may help to wear a boot that can offer adequate support as the toe begins to heal. If you have broken your toe, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you to choose the best treatment option.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Lee R. Stein from Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, PC. 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 one of our offices located in Chicago, Highland Park, and Uptown, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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