A simple fall or a dropped object can result in a fractured toe. If you have pain or trouble walking due to a suspected toe fracture, the skilled physicians at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago can help. The team offers on-site diagnostics to quickly confirm the fracture, so treatment can start immediately. You can learn more about treatment options for a fractured toe by scheduling a consultation with the team today, online or by phone.
The bones of your toes work together to help you walk, run, and stand. Due to their structure and position, toes are at risk for injuries during all types of activity.
Fractures can result from a direct injury to the toe if you trip over an object or drop something heavy on your foot. You can also develop a fracture in your toe from repetitive stress common with sports participation or running activities, a condition known as a stress fracture.
Generally, there are two types of fractures. A non-displaced fracture occurs when the toe bone cracks, but the ends remain together. In a displaced fracture, the ends of the bones become separated, either partially or completely.
You can also experience either an open or closed fracture. A closed fracture means the skin doesn’t break as a result of the fracture, while an open fracture causes a deep wound that goes to the bone.
If your fractured toe results from an injury, you may feel immediate pain and notice the toe begin to swell. Bruising is also a common sign of a fracture.
If you develop a gradual fracture due to stress, you may find it increasingly difficult to move without pain and may even struggle to put weight on the affected toe.
Open fractures will bleed and may expose your toe bone. It’s important you seek immediate treatment for this type of fracture to prevent deformities and infection.
In many cases, treating a fractured toe requires limiting activities to keep the weight off your toes. Rest and ice therapy can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Depending on the location of your fracture, your physician may recommend taping the affected toe to the neighboring toe to provide stability and reduce pain.
If you have a displaced fracture, your Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists physician can provide a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable, so they can properly reposition your toe bone.
In the event you have an open fracture, you may need a minor surgical procedure to realign the fractured bone and close the wound.
If pain from a fractured toe is interfering with your mobility, learn more about available treatment options by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.