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Understanding Broken Toes and Their Symptoms

A broken toe, or toe fracture, is a painful injury that occurs when one or more of the toe bones known as the phalanges become cracked or fractured. This injury typically results from a sudden and forceful impact or trauma, like dropping a heavy object on the toe, stubbing it, or experiencing a direct blow during sports or accidents. The symptoms of a broken toe are quite distinct. Severe pain and immediate discomfort are common, often accompanied by swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the affected area. The toe may appear misshapen or out of alignment, making it challenging to move or bear weight. If the broken toe is severe, some individuals hear a cracking or popping sound at the time of injury. It is crucial to seek medical attention from a podiatrist if you suspect a broken toe. Recognizing the signs and seeking timely care can help prevent complications and expedite the recovery process. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can perform an accurate diagnosis and guide you toward the appropriate treatment method.

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 one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors 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 Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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