A broken toe can be a painful and frustrating experience, but with patience and proper care, it can mend successfully. The first step in healing a broken toe is to seek medical attention from a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and to rule out any complications. Once diagnosed, the primary focus is on rest and protection. This often involves wearing a splint, cast, or buddy taping, which is taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This is generally successful in immobilizing the injured area. Elevating the foot can help reduce swelling, while taking over-the-counter pain relievers can manage discomfort. Avoid putting weight on the affected toe and opt for comfortable, supportive footwear. Healing times can vary but typically range from a few weeks to a couple of months. As your toe begins to mend, performing several range of motion exercises that can aid in recovery is beneficial. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the best treatment methods for you.
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 Suncoast Podiatry Associates. 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
- 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 Ocala, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.