Breaking a toe can result in pain, swelling, and bruising due to internal bleeding. The area may look misshapen, especially if the bone ends are displaced or if the fracture extends into the toe joint. The big toe, which bears more weight during walking, is especially painful when fractured. Distinguishing a broken toe from a sprain or strain can be challenging, but a misshaped toe often indicates a fracture. An X-ray is typically the definitive method for diagnosis. Broken toes are common and often do not require specific treatment. However, it is essential to see a podiatrist if pain intensifies, swelling persists, or if the toe appears misaligned. For more severe toe fractures, treatment can involve a cast, especially for the big toe, which plays an essential role in balance. Surgery may be necessary in some cases, which can involve using metal wires, plates, or external fixation methods. Possible complications post-fracture include failed bone healing, infections, stiffness, persistent pain, and post-traumatic arthritis. If you have a broken toe that is not healing on its own, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for necessary treatment.
Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the foot specialists from NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Is a Broken Toe?
A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.
Symptoms of a Broken Toe
- Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
- Nail Injury
Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.
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