A broken toe is a common foot injury. It can happen because of a heavy object falling on it, or if it is stubbed on a piece of furniture. Broken toes are often accompanied by immediate bruising, and it may be difficult to walk. A broken toe is considered severe if the bone is protruding through the skin, and prompt medical attention should be sought. A diagnosis may consist of having an X-ray taken. Some broken toes can be treated by using the buddy taping method. This is when the broken toe is taped to the toe next to it for stability. The recovery time for a broken toe to heal can take up to six weeks. If you have fractured any of your toes, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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. Harris L. Klear from Burlington County Podiatry Associates. 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
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 Marlton and Delran, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.