Did you know there are 14 toe bones per foot, which is 28 bones combined? Toe bones make up 54% of all the bones in the foot which means there are many opportunities for injury. Have you ever heard “there’s nothing you can do for a broken toe”? We at Ankle and Foot Centers of America have heard this fable for many years and it is time to put it to an end!
Broken Toes: What are they? What are my symptoms?
A broken (fractured) toe is an injury normally caused by a traumatic event such as dropping an object on the toe or stubbing the toe hard.
The symptoms of a broken toe are:
- Pain when walking
- Blood beneath toenail occasionally
- Misshapen toe
Broken Toes: What are my treatment options?
While most broken toes do not lead to long term debilitating issues it is important to make sure the bone is set properly. X-rays are an important tool to determine if the fracture is displaced and needs to be set. Occasionally, the broken toes need to be stabilized with a pin or screw. Broken toes can also occur at the site of an attachment of a ligament or tendon, which can cause long term issues and deformity if not treated properly.
The rule of thumb for broken toes is if the toe looks normal cosmetically, then it is probably acceptable to splint the toe (buddy splinting) or utilizing a fracture boot or fracture sandal for an average of 4 weeks. It the toe does not look normal, then it needs to be evaluated by a physician. Below is an example of a toe that did not look normal and need to be straightened under local anesthesia in the office by one of our physicians.
Broken Toe: When should I seek treatment?
If you are experiencing any form of foot pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of a broken toe, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your Ankle & Foot Centers of America podiatrist as soon as possible. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.
Make an Appointment Today!
For treatment or to learn more about your broken toe and other forms of foot pain, please contact Ankle and Foot Centers of America by dialing (615) 814-0885 or complete an appointment request and we will contact you to get you set up to start your path to living life pain free.