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Causes and Potential Complications of a Broken Toe

A broken toe, medically termed a toe fracture, can occur due to various reasons, ranging from accidental trauma to repetitive stress on the foot. Accidental mishaps such as stubbing the toe against furniture or dropping a heavy object on it are common causes of toe fractures. Additionally, sports injuries and sudden impacts during physical activities can also result in toe fractures. The small size and vulnerability of toe bones make them susceptible to fractures from seemingly minor incidents. Complications of a broken toe may include persistent pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. In some cases, untreated fractures can lead to improper healing, deformity, and chronic pain. Moreover, individuals with underlying conditions like osteoporosis may be at higher risk of sustaining toe fractures and experiencing complications. Understanding the causes and potential complications of a broken toe underscores the importance of prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment to ensure optimal recovery and prevent long-term problems. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis, and offer the treatment option 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 Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. 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 office located in Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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