A broken toe is typically not a serious condition, despite the fact that it may cause severe pain and discomfort. It may happen as a result of stubbing your toe against a piece of furniture, or possibly from dropping a heavy object on it. Immediate symptoms may include bruising and swelling on or around the affected toe, difficulty in walking, and the toe may appear deformed. Many patients have found buddy taping to be an effective treatment method for mildly broken toes. This is accomplished by taping the injured toe to the toe next to it. This method may be helpful in providing the necessary support as the healing process takes place. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to determine which treatment option is best 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 of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.