The majority of broken toes are not serious, despite how uncomfortable they can be. The healing time is approximately six weeks, and daily activities may have to be temporarily altered. A broken toe can happen from stubbing it into a piece of furniture, or from dropping a heavy object on it. If the fracture is severe, a bone may protrude, and the affected area may become infected and bleed. Common symptoms that are often seen with this type of injury can include immediate swelling and bruising, and it can be difficult to walk. An effective treatment process is referred to as the buddy-taping method. This can be done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, which provides the necessary stability as the healing process begins. It can be beneficial to place a small piece of cotton or gauze between the toes, which may help to prevent irritated skin. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose it and offer correction treatment solutions.
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 Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Florida. 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.
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