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Symptoms and Long-Term Implications of a Broken Toe

A broken toe, though seemingly minor, can yield noticeable symptoms and potential long-term complications. Immediate signs include pain, swelling, and bruising around the affected toe. Limited mobility and difficulty bearing weight are common, making daily activities challenging. If left untreated, a broken toe may lead to complications, such as deformities where the toe heals in a misaligned position. Chronic pain can persist, hindering mobility. In some cases, arthritis may develop, accelerating joint degeneration over time. Nerve damage is another potential consequence, causing tingling or numbness. Seeking prompt medical attention, including having X-rays taken for an accurate diagnosis, is vital to ensure proper realignment and minimize the risk of enduring complications. If you have endured a broken toe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition and guide you toward avoiding long-term complications.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . 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 Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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