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Buddy Taping or Surgery May Be Options for a Broken Toe

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 00:00

A broken toe can occur when a heavy object drops on it, or if it is stubbed against a piece of furniture. It generally causes immediate pain, and can look bruised and swollen. It is common for the surrounding ligaments and tendons to become damaged when a broken toe occurs, and walking can be difficult. A proper diagnosis consists of having an X-ray taken, in addition to assessing the alignment of the toes. If the fracture is mild, buddy taping may be an effective form of treatment. This is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, and this can provide the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. Some patients are able to wear a stiff-soled shoe that can help to eliminate toe movement. Surgery may be a necessary option to realign toes if they are significantly deformed. As healing takes place, it is beneficial to frequently elevate the foot which can help to reduce existing swelling. If you have fractured your toe, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine what the best course of treatment is 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 Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. 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 office located in Nederland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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