Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs of a Broken Toe!

It’s easy to brush off a stubbed toe.  You experience the painful sting after your toe hits a sharp edge or corner.  The immediate ache that follows can be an unpleasant feeling for a little while, but you probably try and walk off the pain and think nothing of it. However, don’t be too quick to wave off a stubbed toe.  If pain, redness or swelling occurs after a serious hit, then you may have a broken toe which requires immediate medical attention. It’s important to know the difference between a mild toe stub and one that results in a toe break or fracture.  You want to make sure your toe receives the proper treatment for healing and help prevent further injury.

How do you know you have a broken toe?  

You will experience pain, swelling and stiffness following the injury.   Also, bruising may become noticeable as well and the toe may look deformed or even bent in shape. You will have difficulty putting weight on the foot and have a hard time wearing shoes.   If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, please contact our office immediately.  Acting on the problem will help prevent a toe break from becoming a more serious issue.

What are your treatments options?

Once you’ve called our office to schedule an appointment, Dr.  Harvey Danciger, can evaluate your injury and assess the specific treatment needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, casts or splints are commonly used on the foot to straighten and protect the healing toe. Pain medication can be prescribed for severe pain as well. However, the RICE method often is a good treatment option and involves resting, icing, compressing and elevating the area.  Keep in mind that full recovery can take anywhere between 6 and 10 weeks.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (760) 568-0108.


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