Is My Toe Broken?

You’re frantically – painfully – hopping around the gym, wondering how on earth you could have possibly dropped that weight directly on your toe. Or, you’re seeing stars, having stubbed your toe on a doorjamb or other solid, immovable object in the middle of the night. When you’re finally done whooping in pain (take all the time you need!)…you’ll inevitably ask yourself: Is my toe broken?

Yes, our toes are sometimes magnets for painful encounters with the world around us. From getting crushed inside tight-fitting shoes, to being stepped on, smashed or slammed, they can take a beating. There may be soreness and a throbbing pain, but most of the time, we can shake it off, walk gingerly for a bit, then quickly forget about the discomfort. However, there are times when we may be dealing with more than a bruise or sprain, instead facing a toe fracture that may require medical attention.

All you know is that it hurts…but how can you tell if it’s broken without seeing clear signs like bone protrusion or bleeding? Below are signs that will help you to know if your toe is broken or not:

If you suspect your toe is broken, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a podiatrist in order to get it properly evaluated. Your foot doctor may order an X-ray in order to provide you with an optimal treatment plan. Most broken toes can heal without the need for surgery, often within 4-6 weeks. However, depending on the fracture, it may be necessary to wear a stiff-soled shoe or other device to assist in the healing. Surgery is usually unnecessary, unless the degree of damage is especially high.

Dr. Gabriel Maislos is a Houston podiatric surgeon who has treated many patients with broken toes over the years. To schedule an appointment with him, call Houston Foot and Ankle Care at (713) 541-3199. We offer same-day and next-day appointments, so you won’t have to wait long to have your broken toe examined and treated.

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