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Various Ways to Break Your Toe

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Many people experience severe pain when the pinky toe breaks, despite its small size. It can happen from stubbing it against a piece of furniture, or from dropping a heavy object on it. The symptoms that immediately follow a broken toe consist of bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. The buddy taping method is an effective treatment method for mild fractures. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, which generally provides the stability that is necessary for proper healing. In severe breaks, the bone may protrude from the skin, and surgery may have to be performed that can guide the bone back into its natural place. An X-ray is often done that can provide an accurate diagnosis, followed by a discussion of the proper treatment and recovery time. It is beneficial to elevate the affected foot as often as possible, and refraining from participating in sports activities may help to accelerate the healing. If you feel you have broken your toe, is it strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with the correct treatment process.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact John M. Fanelly, DPM from Northeast Philadelphia. 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 Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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