The most common method of differentiating between a broken toe and a bruised toe is to have an X-ray taken. They both can cause severe pain and discomfort. A severely broken toe can look deformed, and the bone can protrude from the toe at an abnormal angle. The symptoms that are associated with both of these types of injuries can include swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. The buddy taping system for a bruised toe can cause the affected toe to feel better, as a result of the stability it provides. This is done by taping the toe to the toe next to it, and having it remain that way for several days. The buddy taping method works well for broken toes, as it causes the injured toe to remain still as the healing process occurs. In both scenarios, it is suggested to refrain from putting weight on the foot, which gives the broken or bruised toe ample time to heal. If you think you have broken or bruised your toe, it is advised to have it checked by a podiatrist who can guide you toward the proper treatment.
A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM from Achilles Footcare 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
- 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 Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.