Broken toes are considered a more common injury than you may have initially presumed. Despite the commonality, many patients aren’t immediately aware that one of their toes has broken. Anatomically, the structure of each toe is made up of copious connecting bones, increasing the likelihood that they can be damaged/fractured. Under normal circumstances, injury can be stimulated from accidents such as stubbing your toe on a piece of furniture or someone unknowingly stepping on a toe. A broken toe can also occur from constant repetitive motions that may inevitably lead to the toe fracturing. If you’re experiencing discomfort in your toes and feel as though you may have suffered a break, contact Cherrywood Foot Care and our podiatrist in Massapequa for expert assistance!
After the injury has occurred, you may experience common symptoms such as swelling, pain, and difficulty moving the affected area. Customarily, the toe may look unusual, with deformities such as bending or looking as though it’s not in the proper position. Also, regular activities such as walking may become painful and difficult to continue. Wearing shoes may suddenly become painful as well, focus on whether or not you were feeling pain prior to injury in order to determine the extent of your complication. Other not as common symptoms can include numbness or tingling sensations radiating from the injured toe. Damage may have also occurred to the toenail itself, which can be treated with the help of a podiatrist in Massapequa.
If left untreated, patients put themselves at risk for the toe not fully healing properly or healing incorrectly. Thus, further complications such as deformities and constant/chronic pain may gradually develop. In some cases, broken toes can also serve as a catalyst for arthritis development in the area surrounding that toe. In these particular instances, surgery may soon become the only viable option for treatment. Thankfully, our podiatrist in Massapequa can provide an extensive evaluation to determine whether or not your injury requires surgical intervention.
If you are diagnosed with a broken toe, a podiatrist can also recommend the following nonsurgical treatment interventions:
- Elevate the foot.
- Ice the injured toe.
- Keep pressure off the injury by using crutches.
- Wear a specially fitted walking boot.
- Take pain medication.
In minor cases, your toe may heal on its own over the course of six weeks. If the toe is severely injured, you may require surgery. For further questions regarding broken toes and treatment, contact our office today for assistance.