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Treatment of Toe Fractures

Fractures affecting the toes are a frequent occurrence. These fractures are often the result of crushing injuries or from stubbing the toes. While less common, joint hyperextension and stress fractures can also lead to toe fractures. Patients typically experience tenderness at the fracture site or pain when gentle pressure is applied to the affected digit. Imaging tools are valuable for identifying fractures, assessing displacement, and evaluating nearby areas and toes. There may be compromised circulation, open fractures, or significant soft tissue damage. Additionally, displaced or unstable fractures of the first toe may involve more than 25 percent of the joint surface. Stable, nondisplaced toe fractures are typically treated with buddy taping and the use of a rigid-sole shoe to restrict joint mobility. In contrast, displaced fractures of the lesser toes require reduction where the bone is manipulated back into place and buddy taping. If you have a broken toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment that will help relieve pain.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Southwest Podiatry. 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 offices located in Dallas, and Carrollton, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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