How many times have you heard someone say about a broken toe, “No point going to the doctor—there’s nothing that can be done about it.” At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, we want you to know that not only is this information false, it could be dangerous. Left untreated, some toe fractures will develop into serious deformities, which could cause long term pain and disability down the road. There are two kinds of toe fractures:
Traumatic Fractures—These are breaks caused by a direct blow or sudden impact, like seriously stubbing your toe. You may hear a sound at the time of the break and the toe may look crooked or out of place. There will most likely be bruising and swelling within 24 hours. The pain, however, may be felt at impact and for a few hours after but can then go away.
Stress Fractures— These tiny, hairline breaks that develop over time and are usually caused by repetitive stress, such as runners who increase the speed and distance they are running too quickly. Other causes are foot and toe deformities, osteoporosis, and footwear that does not fit properly. With stress fractures you may only experience intermittent pain. You may still be able to walk or run or perform normal activities, which may hurt but the pain will then go away once you rest. There may be pain at the site of the fracture when you touch it and also some swelling of the fractured toe but no bruising.
If you suspect a toe fracture, schedule an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh. He will conduct a thorough examination of your foot and toes and most likely order digital x-rays (which can be done in either the Edmond or Norman office). Once the type and severity of the break is determined, Dr. Buksh will recommend the best treatment for you. Some options may include splinting the toe, buddy taping, or wearing stiffed sole shoes—all of which help keep the toe in proper position to heal. If the toe has been badly displaced or the joint is affected, surgery may be required.
At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, we look forward to serving the needs of all our Oklahoma City patients and remind you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your feet, ankles, or toes.