A toe can become crushed or broken in a variety of ways. For example, dropping something heavy on the front of your foot can cause a broken toe. Stubbing your toe on a piece of furniture or a curb can also cause a break. Additionally, the metatarsal bones that lead to your toes are susceptible to stress fractures from overuse.
Is your toe fracture severe or not so bad?
A minor toe fracture usually includes the following symptoms:
- Intense pain is felt even with a minor toe fracture
- Bruised skin and discolored toenail
- Discomfort when moving the toe
A more severe toe fracture will include:
- Severe pain
- A severely broken toe may be bent and disfigured
- Numbing sensation in the toe
- Chills or a fever may be a sign of a more severe injury
- Bleeding or an open wound on the toe should be tended to right away
A minor toe break will usually improve without complications with rest, icing, and elevation. You can immobilize the broken toe by taping it to an adjoining toe. A more severe fracture can be treated with a cast or splint. Surgery may be needed to remove any bone fragments and to repair any damage. The toe will usually heal in six to eight weeks. Always introduce activities slowly after the initial healing process to avoid another injury.
To help prevent complications from a broken toe, diagnosis and treatment by your foot care professional are essential. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.