What Should I Do If I Broke My Toe

If your toe looks like this, you need a Podiatrist! 

If you have a broken big toe, the longer you wait and walk on a broken toe, the worse it can pull apart and may lead you to need surgery to fix it. To the left is a broken toe image. If you get it immobilized quickly, you will stop further damage to your broken toe from occurring and allow healing to begin.

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Weather you dropped a steak out of the freezer onto your toe, or jammed it into the bottom of your bed, if it turns black and blue, get it looked at. This broken toe picture is a good indication you have a serious problem.

Immediate treatment of a broken toe includes:

  • Ice it right away
  • Wrap it up with some compression, like an ace wrap
  • Elevate Your toe above your heart
  • Immobilize it, hard shoes…
  • Call your Podiatrist, Pittsburgh!

How to tell if your toe is broken …or how to tell if you broke your toe…broken big toe symptoms:

  • Pain to touch
  • Black and blue toe
  • swollen toe
  • Can’t move it
  • sticks out of skin (very bad)

To the left is what a big toe looks like on x-ray when its broken.  If it measures more than 2 mm out of place, you may need to pin it back together. If you have a broken big toe joint you may get arthritis down the line. This is why you should x-ray it immediately. If it is broken and you walk on it , the parts may slide further apart instead of setting back in place, then only surgery will be able to fix your broken toe, instead of just wearing a special shoe for a few weeks

At Beaver Valley Foot Clinic we have many treatment options for broken toes. We will find the one that best suits your injury, your activities, and what you need to get done every day.

Broken Toe Treatment or what to do for broken toes:

Treatment options for a fractured toe:

  • Surgical shoe- broken toe shoes
  • Camwalker or Fracture Walker- Broken toe boot
  • Shoe Inserts
  • Soft Cast- Broken Toe Splint
  • Plaster Cast
  • Fiberglass Cast
  • Unna Boot
  • Broken Toe Cast
  • K-Laser
  • Broken Toe Surgery

There are many factors that go into the decision of what treatment is best for a fractured toe. You need to be honest with your doctor about what device you will really wear and use. You need to discuss your job requirements, and family responsibilities. All of this goes into the choice of treatment of a toe fracture. The same goes if you have a broken 4th toe, broken little toe, or even a broken big toe

Broken Toes can be painful, don’t let that stop you from enjoying your day. Call now 878-313-FEET (3338)