Breaking or fracturing your toe is a very common injury that can be caused as easily as dropping something heavy on your foot or stubbing your toe really hard. Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between a stubbed toe and a broken toe. Here are some symptoms to look for in a broken toe.
Pain: If putting weight on your toe is painful, you may have a bad break. If your toe tingles you may have a fracture. You will probably still be able to walk, but moving around might make the pain worse. The presence of pain does not necessarily mean that the toe is broken, but persistent pain can be an indication of a fracture or break.
Swelling: Examine the size of your toe. If you notice swelling this is a common indication of a fracture in the toe.
Discoloration: Fractured toes, unlike stubbed toes, usually end up with bruising or discoloration. Your toe may appear red, yellow, black or blue. If bleeding occurs it is important to contact your doctor immediately.
Bone misplacement: If you can feel the bone moving inside, or if any movement in the toe feels odd, then it is likely that the toe is broken.
Breaking or fracturing your toe is a common injury that most people ignore because they believe there is nothing that can be done for the broken bone. Contrary to belief, there are many reasons why a broken or fractured toe should be examined by your Cornerstone Foot & Ankle doctor. Leaving the toe untreated can cause the toe to heal in an incorrect position, causing pain in the future, amongst other conditions.
If you suspect you have a broken toe contact your Cornerstone Foot & Ankle doctor so you can be properly evaluated. Prior to your appointment it is important to ice the toe and keep your foot elevated. This will reduce swelling and keep the toe stabilized. At your appointment your doctor will examine the toe and provide further instructions on how to care for your injury.
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