• Broken Toe: Myths & Facts

    by Dr. LaMour
    on May 27th, 2015

Over half of the bones in your feet are toes. Even though they’re small, if one of your toes gets broken or fractured, it can be a really big deal. For some reason, though, there’s a lot of misinformation about broken toes that often makes diagnosing and healing a toe fracture more difficult than it needs to be. If you or someone you know ever experiences a toe fracture, distinguishing between the broken toe fact and fiction could spare you a lot of suffering.

Myth: If you can walk on it, it’s not broken.

Many patients will walk around for days or weeks with a fractured toe, simply because they believe this myth. A broken toe doesn’t always cause you to be unable to walk. If you’ve had a direct blow or trauma to your toe that is followed by swelling and bruising, a crooked or abnormally-positioned toe, or sharp pain at the point of impact, you may have broken your toe. You should see your podiatrist as soon as possible after the injury has occurred.

Myth: Nothing can be done for a broken toe – old saying with no truth to it

This is an often-repeated and completely untrue piece of advice. Early treatment of an injured or broken toe to prevent further damage and start the healing process. Using the RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – can start to relieve bruising and swelling immediately. A visit to a medical professional should happen very soon after the injury. In the meantime, over-the-counter painkillers and broken toe first aid techniques can be used to help ease the pain and prevent additional injury.

Fact: An untreated broken toe can lead to other foot problems

If a broken toe is not properly treated, serious complications can occur. The toe may become permanently misaligned, affecting the mobility of the toe and making it difficult or painful to wear certain shoes. Chronic pain and arthritis (aka, joint inflammation) are also common complications of untreated toe fractures.

Fact: There’s more than one way to treat a broken toe

Your podiatrist will need to assess your broken toe to determine which treatment is best. The treatment options recommended by your doctor will depend on the type of break you have, but generally include:

If you think you have a broken toe, don’t fall victim to the ‘there’s nothing you can do’ myth. Contact us immediately to have a thorough evaluation and diagnosis so you can begin healing as soon as possible.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-care/broken-toe-myths-facts/

Author Dr. LaMour

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