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Understanding Broken Toes and Their Symptoms

A broken toe, or toe fracture, is a painful injury that occurs when one or more of the toe bones known as the phalanges become cracked or fractured. This injury typically results from a sudden and forceful impact or trauma, like dropping a heavy object on the toe, stubbing it, or experiencing a direct blow during sports or accidents. The symptoms of a broken toe are quite distinct. Severe pain and immediate discomfort are common, often accompanied by swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the affected area. The toe may appear misshapen or out of alignment, making it challenging to move or bear weight. If the broken toe is severe, some individuals hear a cracking or popping sound at the time of injury. It is crucial to seek medical attention from a podiatrist if you suspect a broken toe. Recognizing the signs and seeking timely care can help prevent complications and expedite the recovery process. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can perform an accurate diagnosis and guide you toward the appropriate treatment method.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Charles Perry, DPM from Ohio. Our doctor 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 Cambridge and Zanesville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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