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Should You Seek Medical Attention For A Broken Toe?

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There is a common misconception that there is nothing a doctor can do for a broken toe and you should just treat such an injury at home, but it is not true. It is actually very important to seek medical treatment for any type of fracture.

If a fracture is left untreated or not treated correctly, it can lead to arthritis, chronic pain, a deformity in the bony architecture, and/or chronic pain and long term dysfunction.

If you suspect you have fractured your toe, you should seek medical attention within 24 hours. If there is a break in the skin, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Almost all toe fractures are traumatic fractures, which mean they were caused by some sort of trauma, like the sudden impact of seriously stubbing your toe, not stress-related.

Treatment for the fracture will depend on the break and whether or not it is displaced.

Treatment options may include:

  • Rest.
  • A shoe change.
  • A splint.
  • Surgery.

Sometimes ‘buddy taping’ (taping the injured toe to another toe) can be used to treat toe fractures, but in some cases it can actually be harmful. Your podiatrist will discuss the best treatments options for you based on your situation.

If you are suffering from a toe or metatarsal fracture and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Common Toe Problems

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