A broken toe is a foot injury that may or may not be severe. It can happen from jamming it into a piece of furniture, or from dropping a heavy object on it. A broken toe is considered to be severe if a bone is protruding from the skin. This often requires immediate medical attention, which also may help to prevent getting an infection. Some patients hear a snapping or popping sound with this type of fracture, and the intense pain can make it difficult to walk. Symptoms from a mildly broken toe often include bruising and swelling, which can make existing shoes difficult to wear. Effective treatment techniques can start out by having an X-ray taken, and this is successful in determining the severity of the fracture. Many broken toes are treated by using the buddy taping method. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, which is generally adequate enough to provide the necessary stability as it heals. If you have broken your toe, please confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with tips on how your toe can heal properly.
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 Dean Kim, DPM from Greater Texas Foot & Ankle Specialist. Our doctor 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Frisco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.