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Is My Toe Sprained or Broken?

The symptoms between a sprained and broken toe can be similar. They generally include immediate bruising or swelling, as well as difficulty when walking. An X-ray is typically taken which can confirm a broken toe. In many instances, a broken toe can look dislocated, and the pain is often felt at the exact location it was fractured. Many patients have broken their toes if a heavy object should fall on one or more of them, or if a toe injury has occurred. For mild breaks, buddy taping is often effective. This is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This can be successful in providing the necessary stability as the healing process takes place. If you have symptoms of a broken toe, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide the correct treatment 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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . 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 office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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