By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 08, 2016
Tags: Toe Fracture  

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we hear many false statements about toe fractures from patients. These myths can result in chronic pain and long term disability so we’d like to set the record straight:

Myth:  “If you can walk on it, it’s not broken.” There are 19 toe and metatarsal bones in each foot. If one of them is fractured, especially if it’s a stress fracture (a hairline crack on the surface of the bone) you may very well be able to walk. In fact, our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah may need an x-ray to confirm a fracture in your toe.

Myth: “If your toe hurts really badly it’s probably broken.” There are other symptoms besides pain that indicate a toe fracture. These include: bruising, swelling, and a crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe. The pain may actually subside after a few hours in the case of a toe fracture and should not be used as the determining factor for a fracture. In the case of a stress fracture, the pain may only be present when you are active and not when you are resting. Of course, if you heard a snapping sound at the moment your toe was injured and you are in pain, chances are a fracture has occurred.

Myth: “There’s nothing that can be done for a broken toe.” The foot doctor has several treatment options depending on the location and severity of the break. Rest, buddy taping the toe to another toe and using a splint or special shoes to keep the toe in place are all noninvasive toe fracture treatments. In cases of severe fracture, surgery may be required.

Myth: “A broken toe will heal on its own.” A fractured toe that is not treated promptly and properly may result in long term problems, including:

  • Chronic pain due to the bones not joining
  • Deformity in the bone structure which may limit range of motion and movement and make it difficult to find shoes to comfortably fit your foot
  • Arthritis developing in the joint of a fractured toe

For these reasons, you should seek medical treatment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office immediately if you believe you may have fractured a toe. Contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.