Due to how small our toes are, it can be difficult to know whether you have a broken or stubbed toe. There are many bones, nerve endings, and joints in our feet and ankles, meaning a foot injury can hurt worse and seem more severe than it actually is. However, that does not mean that you should not take a foot injury seriously.
With a stubbed toe, there really is no need to see a podiatrist. A broken toe is a different story. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between the two, but there are some ways you can tell. One way is knowing the cause of your toe injury, for a broken toe typically stems from something more traumatic. In addition, the symptoms are what you should really be looking at. If you notice any of the following, contact a podiatrist right away.
- Bruising or swelling of the toe and/or nail
- Pain when force is placed upon the toe, particularly right at the place of the break for a few hours after the break occurs
- Remembering a noise when the break occurred
- Toe looks crooked or you notice blood or bone protuberances
Any of the previous symptoms should be cause for alarm. You need to see a doctor right away, but if you are unable to see a doctor immediately, there are some things you can do to alleviate the pain. You need to rest and not put weight on the toe; elevate your foot and put ice on the broken toe. Your doctor may decide on a range of treatments, from taping the toe to surgery, though surgery is unlikely.
Call Alpine Foot Specialists if you think you have broken your toe. We can help you get back on your feet; don’t let the injury become even more aggravated!
Courtesy of: Healthy Feet