The symptoms may be similar in sprained and broken toes, and it may be difficult to determine the extent of the injury. If the bone is intact, it is most likely a sprained toe, and one or more broken bones are indicative of a fractured toe. There are several symptoms that are associated with broken toes, including severe discomfort and pain beginning at the time of the injury, bruising on the toe and surrounding area, in addition to the inability to walk and put weight on it. Two common causes for broken toes to occur may include stubbing it against something hard or dropping a heavy object on it. Once a proper diagnosis is performed, which typically consists of having an X-ray taken, it will be confirmed if the toe is broken. At this time, the correct treatment procedure can begin, which will generally include resting the toe, and splinting it to the toe next to it, which may aid in stabilizing it. If you feel you have broken your toe, it is recommended that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so a proper diagnosis can be determined.
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 Dr. Kenneth Donovan from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. 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
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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