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Types and Considerations of Toe Fractures

Toe fractures, though often considered minor injuries, can cause significant discomfort and hinder mobility. There are several types of toe fractures, each with its own characteristics and treatment considerations. A common type is a closed fracture, where the bone breaks but does not penetrate the skin. Open fractures occur when the broken bone pierces through the skin, increasing the risk of infection and requiring immediate medical attention. Stress fractures, caused by repetitive stress or overuse, are hairline cracks in the bone that may develop gradually over time. Another type is a displaced fracture, where the broken ends of the bone do not align properly, potentially requiring realignment through manipulation or surgery. Avulsion fractures involve the tearing away of a piece of bone where a tendon or ligament attaches. Regardless of the type of fracture, prompt evaluation by a podiatrist is suggested to determine the appropriate treatment approach and ensure optimal healing and recovery of the injured toe. If you have fractured your toe, it is strongly suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can determine the type of fracture, and offer the treatment solution that is best for you.

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 Philip Hahn, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor 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 Texarkana and, Pittsburg, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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