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Taking Care of a Broken Toe

Broken toes, though often overlooked, can cause significant discomfort and impairment. They typically occur due to trauma, such as stubbing the toe against furniture or dropping a heavy object on it. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty while walking. If you suspect a broken toe, it is important to avoid putting weight on it and refrain from attempting to pop it back into place. Instead, stabilize the toe by taping it to an adjacent toe for support and elevate the foot to reduce swelling. If the pain is severe, the toe appears deformed, or there is numbness or tingling, it is suggested that you seek care from a podiatrist. Further treatment may involve splinting, or in severe cases, realignment, or surgical intervention to promote proper healing and prevent long-term complications.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. Our doctors 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 Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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