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Healing Time for a Broken Toe

A broken toe, often caused by accidents like dropping heavy objects on it or colliding with furniture, can result in significant discomfort and affect daily activities. Typically, treatment involves immobilizing the toe by taping it to an adjacent one. In more severe cases, casting or surgery may be required, especially if multiple toes or the big toe are affected. The average healing time for a broken toe ranges from six to eight weeks, but several factors can influence this duration. The extent of the injury, the number of joints involved, and any accompanying damage, such as ligament injuries, all play a role in the recovery timeline. Upon seeking medical attention from a podiatrist, an X-ray is generally conducted to assess the severity of the fracture and guide treatment decisions. For hairline fractures, rest and limited weight-bearing suffice, while splinting may be necessary for more severe cases. The use of crutches may be prescribed to alleviate pressure on the foot. If healing progresses slowly or complications arise, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for further evaluation and specialized care. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Michael Tomey, DPM from Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor 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 Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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