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Symptoms of a Broken Toe

Recognizing the symptoms of a broken toe is vital for prompt and effective treatment. The most common indicator is intense pain at the site of injury, often exacerbated by movement or pressure. Swelling and bruising typically accompany the pain, making the affected toe visibly discolored and tender to the touch. Limited range of motion is another hallmark sign, as the injured toe may resist normal movement or cause discomfort when attempting to flex or extend. In some cases, a broken toe may lead to deformity, with the toe appearing misaligned or out of place. Individuals may also experience difficulty walking or bearing weight on the injured foot. While pain and swelling may subside initially, persistent discomfort and difficulty moving the toe are red flags that warrant immediate attention. If you have the above symptoms, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Crystal Lake Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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