We’ve all stubbed our toe before and it’s not a very pleasant feeling! Or you might have dropped something and it lands right on your little toe…ouch! It can really hurt! Your toe or toes may be sore for a couple of days and turn black and blue. And a question I often get is, “How do I know if my toe is broken?”
Symptoms of a broken toe include pain, swelling, discoloration and bruising. A broken toe will be extremely painful if touched or moved. If a patient comes to my office with a possible broken toe, I will check for points of tenderness in their toe/toes. I will also check the skin around the injured toe, to make sure it’s intact and that the toe is still receiving proper blood flow and nerve signals. I may do an x-ray of the injured toe/foot.
In most cases, a broken toe can be immobilized by taping it to a neighboring toe. But if the fracture is severe — particularly if it involves your big toe — you may need some type of splint or even surgery to make sure that your broken toe heals properly. A severely broken toe that has not been treated properly may lead to osteoarthritis and chronic pain when standing and walking.
The best thing to do is see your podiatrist if you think you may have broken your toe. Also, put ice on your toe right after you injure it. This will help reduce the swelling and pain. Apply the ice for only 20 minutes at a time!
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.