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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
December 18, 2018
Category: Fractures
Tags: stress fracture   fracture  

Broken toes are an injury that we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care find patients may not fully understand. There is misinformation about toe fractures that can actually lead those with this injury to a much longer and more painful road to recovery. Below are some questions and answers to help clear up falsehoods about toe fractures.

Is there anything the foot doctor can really do for a broken toe?

This is a common question because many people believe there’s nothing that can be done for a broken toe so there’s no point going to the podiatrist. This is incorrect! In fact, not treating a fractured toe can lead to chronic pain and permanent deformity or surgery to correct a toe that heals incompletely.

If I can still walk my toe isn’t broken, right?

Wrong! It is possible to walk with a broken toe. Sometimes a stress fracture occurs in a toe bone. This is a hairline break in the surface of the bone. A stress fracture comes about gradually as the result of excessive and repeated pressure on one part of the bone. The pain may come with activity and subside with rest.

What are the signs of a broken toe?

In the case of an acute fracture when trauma occurs to the toe you may hear a cracking or popping sound at the time of the injury. There will most likely be pain at the fracture site, but it may go away after several hours. Don’t be fooled, however. The break is still there. The toe may have a crooked or bent appearance. You may also see bruising or swelling the day after the injury.

What’s the treatment for a broken toe?

That will depend on the extent of the break. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, have several options from splinting and taping a broken toe to surgery. After examining your toe and doing x-rays or other imaging studies, they will determine the best treatment for you.

If you suspect you may have a broken toe, contact our New Jersey offices in Edison, Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Linden office today for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 16, 2018
Category: Overuse Injuries
Tags: Turf Toe   sesamoiditis   fracture  

At the base of your big toe are two tiny bones known as sesamoids. Sesamoids are unique structures in the body in that they are bones that are embedded in tendons and not attached to other bones. When these little bones are injured or irritated, they can cause severe pain under the big toe. That’s when  Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care usually gets a call.

3 Common Sesamoid Injuries

The sesamoids can become inflamed due to excessive pressure and overuse brought about by many sports and activities, such as basketball, running, golf, tennis, ballet, and football. Acute injuries are also possible when there is a blow to that part of the foot or a sudden exertion and overstretching of the big toe joint. Common problems include:

  1. Sesamoiditis - this is an inflammation of the sesamoid bones or the tendons they are embedded in. It is characterized by a dull, aching pain beneath the toe joint that may come and go, depending on the activity or shoes you are wearing.
  2. Fracture - breaks in a sesamoid bone can be acute or chronic. Acute fractures are caused by a direct trauma or blow to the bone which causes immediate pain and swelling. A stress fracture is a crack in the surface of the bone and will produce an intermittent, aching pain.
  3. Turf Toe - the soft tissue around the big toe joint can be injured if the joint is overextended. Signs of turf toe include a sharp pain at the moment of injury (sometimes patients feel a “pop”) and swelling. The range of motion of the toe will be severely limited as well.

You can help reduce the risk of sesamoid injuries by limiting your time in high heels and avoiding repetitive stress on the big toe joint. If you feel you may have injured your sesamoids, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your foot and determine the proper treatment to reduce pain and inflammation.