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Dr. Harvey R. Danciger

What Causes a Broken Toe?

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle

"Hi, I’m Dr. Harvey Danciger from Palm Desert, California. Today I want to talk about the most frequent cause of a broken toe that we see in our practice. Oftentimes patients come in stating that they got up in the middle of the night in a dark room to go to the bathroom, were walking around the bed, and jammed their foot or bashed it into the leg on the bed or a chair or a piece of furniture. What can happen is, when you bash your foot into that, the toes can separate as the leg on the bed separates the toes. What can happen then is you can dislocate the toe joint, or you can actually cause the bones in the toe to break, and then the toe will go outward. They oftentimes say they notice the toe going in a different direction way over this way, and they just try to push the toe back. They still have continued pain and problems and this needs to be evaluated and treated as soon as possible.

There are treatments for broken toes. You need to make sure that the joint was not dislocated, that the broken bones are in proper alignment, and maintain to allow it to heal or there could be subsequent consequences later on as the bone heals in an abnormal position, or possibly does not heal requiring surgery. You don’t want this to happen to you, so if you’ve injured yourself, or think you’ve gotten a broken toe or a dislocated toe, give us a call at 760-568-0108 and we’ll quickly evaluate your problem, diagnose it and get you back on your feet quickly."