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How Do I Know if My Toe Is Broken?

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

A broken toe, a common injury often overlooked, presents a set of distinct symptoms that warrant attention for prompt diagnosis and care. Persistent pain, swelling, and bruising around the affected toe are primary indicators of a fracture. The injured toe may appear misaligned or take on an unusual shape, signaling structural damage. Limited range of motion and difficulty bearing weight on the foot are common challenges experienced with a broken toe. In some cases, a noticeable snapping or popping sound may accompany the injury, indicating the moment of impact or trauma. If you suspect a broken toe, it is essential to seek medical attention for a thorough examination and possibly imaging studies, such as X-rays. Understanding and recognizing these symptoms can expedite the healing process, ensuring proper care and preventing complications associated with untreated broken toes. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis and offer correct treatment options.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. 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 one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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