What To Do For A Broken Toe

One of the most persistent and harmful myths that we hear as podiatrists is that you cannot do anything for a broken toe. Not only is this statement flat out false, but can actually be harmful to patients suffering from this sort of injury. If not properly treated a broken toe will lead to increased pain and inflammation, as well as improper healing.


When a toe injury is suspected it is essential to get an exam from a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist will perform an x-ray to determine whether the toe is broken or if a metatarsal bone (the bone further back in the foot that the toe attaches to) because the treatment will vary depending on where the break occurs. If the metatarsal bone is fractured then the patient will need a hard cast and crutches in order to assure proper healing. If a toe fracture heals in the wrong position, this can lead to chronic pain, early onset arthritis in the foot and difficulty walking in shoes.


Unfortunately the majority of patients we see with a fractured toe have waited a week or so to seek relief, walking on the broken toe and causing pain and further inflammation, further delaying healing time. After visiting a podiatrist for the proper immobilization of the toe (which is rarely the common seen taping to the next toe) a regiment of rest, elevation and icing is recommended. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen will provide relief in most cases, but in more severe cases your podiatrist may opt to prescribe more powerful medications.


If you or a loved one suspects a toe fracture it is essential that you get an examination as soon as possible to prevent future complications. The podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Associates have the technology to quickly and properly asses the severity of any foot or ankle injury and suggest the course of action to get you back to living your life pain free.

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