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Does My Child Have a Broken Toe, or Something Else?

Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

When your child has a toe injury, you may be concerned that it is a broken bone. Broken toe bones share common symptoms, such as pain, swelling, and bruising, with various other injuries. Cuts, scrapes, or bruises on the toe are all very common injuries, as are stubbed toes. Crushed or smashed toes can occur if something heavy has fallen on the foot. A toenail injury or a blood clot under the nail may be painful and require treatment by a doctor to release pressure under the nail or to prevent a deformity in the nail. Dislocations, which occur when the toe is pushed out of its joint, can cause pain, swelling, and bruising as well. If you suspect that your child may have a broken toe, or if you suspect that they have another condition and it is causing them pain, it is suggested that you take them to a podiatrist for treatment. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Bennet Grad from Bennet Grad, DPM. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Chester, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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