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Surgery or Buddy Taping?

Falling is a common way to break a toe. Additionally, it can happen if a heavy object falls on it, or from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb. The symptoms are immediate when a broken toe has occurred. These can include bruising, swelling, and the pain can be devastating. If the fracture is severe, the toe may look deformed, and may even protrude from the skin. Many people find it difficult to walk on a broken toe. It is beneficial to seek medical attention when you have a broken toe, as patients who do not receive the correct treatment may develop an infection, or the injury may result in a permanent deformity. If the break is mild, buddy taping may be an effective treatment method. This consists of taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This is often a successful way to provide stability as the healing process takes place. For severe breaks, surgery may need to be performed to realign the toe. If you believe you have broken your toe, it is beneficial to consult with a podiatrist who can recommend the correct form of treatment for you.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Lansing Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Lansing, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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