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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Causes and Potential Complications of a Broken Toe

A broken toe, medically termed a toe fracture, can occur due to various reasons, ranging from accidental trauma to repetitive stress on the foot. Accidental mishaps such as stubbing the toe against furniture or dropping a heavy object on it are common causes of toe fractures. Additionally, sports injuries and sudden impacts during physical activities can also result in toe fractures. The small size and vulnerability of toe bones make them susceptible to fractures from seemingly minor incidents. Complications of a broken toe may include persistent pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. In some cases, untreated fractures can lead to improper healing, deformity, and chronic pain. Moreover, individuals with underlying conditions like osteoporosis may be at higher risk of sustaining toe fractures and experiencing complications. Understanding the causes and potential complications of a broken toe underscores the importance of prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment to ensure optimal recovery and prevent long-term problems. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis, and offer the treatment option that 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 from Ankle N Foot. 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 Chicago, Elmhurst, Bartlett, IL and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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