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Types and Considerations of Toe Fractures

Toe fractures, though often considered minor injuries, can cause significant discomfort and hinder mobility. There are several types of toe fractures, each with its own characteristics and treatment considerations. A common type is a closed fracture, where the bone breaks but does not penetrate the skin. Open fractures occur when the broken bone pierces through the skin, increasing the risk of infection and requiring immediate medical attention. Stress fractures, caused by repetitive stress or overuse, are hairline cracks in the bone that may develop gradually over time. Another type is a displaced fracture, where the broken ends of the bone do not align properly, potentially requiring realignment through manipulation or surgery. Avulsion fractures involve the tearing away of a piece of bone where a tendon or ligament attaches. Regardless of the type of fracture, prompt evaluation by a podiatrist is suggested to determine the appropriate treatment approach and ensure optimal healing and recovery of the injured toe. If you have fractured your toe, it is strongly suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can determine the type of fracture, and offer the treatment solution that is best 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 APEX Foot & Ankle 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 offices located in Fort Myers, Cypress Cove, Shellpoint, and Carlisle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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