Types of Toe Fractures

Toe fractures can cause significant discomfort and restrict your ability to carry out everyday activities, including wearing shoes and walking comfortably. There are various types of toe fractures, each requiring different levels of medical intervention. One type is the non-displaced fracture, where the toe's shape and position remain unchanged. On the other hand, there is the crush fracture, which occurs when extreme pressure crushes the bone. This injury can often be observed among weightlifters who accidentally drop heavy dumbbells on their toes. Crush fractures can be particularly perilous, especially if they result in damage to the skin, as this increases the risk of concurrent skin and bone infections. Another category is the displaced fracture, where the fracture alters the toe's position or shape. In such cases, medical attention is typically needed to realign and stabilize the bone. The type of toe fracture will determine the appropriate course of action. If you have broken a toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment for realignment and prevention of complications.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot and Ankle Clinics, PA. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Woodbury, West St. Paul, and Edina, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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