A broken toe can occur when it is jammed into a piece of furniture, or if a heavy object is dropped on it. It can cause severe pain and discomfort, and it may become difficult to walk. There are noticeable symptoms that often occur with a broken toe, including swelling, bruising, and the toe may appear red. In severe toe fractures, the fractured bone may protrude from the toe. This requires immediate medical attention in order to accelerate the healing process, and possibly prevent an infection from occurring. Buddy taping is an effective strategy that is used to stabilize the broken toe. This is done by taping the toe to the toe next to it, and it may provide ease in accomplishing daily activities. Swelling may be reduced when the leg is elevated, and over the counter medications are taken for pain. If you have endured a broken toe, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward correct treatment.
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
- 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.