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Broken toe factsBroken toes are often caused by trauma or injury. Prolonged repetitivemovements can cause a type of broken toe called a stress or hairline fracture.Symptoms of a broken toe include
pain, swelling, or stiffness, bruising,deformity, and difficultly walking if the big toe is broken.Possible complications of a broken toe include nail injury, compoundfracture, infection, deformity,
or arthritis.Seek immediate medical care if you suspect anopen fracture of the toe; ifthere is bleeding; cold, numb, or tingling sensation; if the toe appearsdeformed or is pointing in the wrong
direction; or blue or gray color tothe injured area.A broken toe is diagnosed with a medical examination, which may includeX-rays.To help decrease pain and swelling in a broken toe, elevate the foot,
icethe injury, and stay off the foot.Depending on the severity of the fracture, the toe may need to be put backinto place (reduced), and some compound toe fractures may require surgery.Pain from a
broken toe can usually be controlled withover-the-counter painmedication.Buddy taping can be used to help splint a fractured toe.Most broken toes heal without complications in six weeks.
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About 10% of all fractures occur in one of the 26 bones of the foot. A commonly injured area of the footis the toes (phalanxes). Trauma and the injury to the foot often causes one or more of the
toebones to break (fracture).
What are the causes of a broken toe?
Trauma or injury such as stubbing the toe (jammed toe) or dropping a heavyobject on the toe may cause a broken toe. The location of the toes (at the frontpart of the feet) makes them the most likely
part of the foot to be injured.
Prolonged repetitive movements, as in certain sportsactivities, can cause a type of broken type of broken toe called a stress or hairline fracture.
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