Broken Toes Can Cause Big Problems


From the large calcaneus (heel bone) to the long metatarsals and the small phalanges of the toes, more than one-quarter of the 206 bones in your body are in your feet. They come together in 33 joints, supported by hundreds of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. It’s no wonder that fractures of these bones – particularly of the bones in the toes – are frequent injuries.

Anyone can break a toe – men, women, and children of all ages are equally at risk. Most toe fractures are the result of accidents. Common causes include tripping and falling, dropping something on the toe, and athletic injuries.

Symptoms of a toe fracture include:

  • discomfort and/or difficulty standing or walking

  • bruising

  • swelling

  • discoloration

Many people believe that there is no treatment for a broken toe, but that isn’t true. If you think that you may have broken a toe, you should see a board-certified podiatrist like James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS right away. Your foot doctor will conduct an examination, probably including imaging test such as an x-ray. If your doctor confirms your suspicion, s/he will have numerous treatment options available.

Common approaches include:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)

  • over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and inflammation

  • taping

  • splinting

  • immobilization with a boot or cast

  • physical therapy

Are you worried about a broken toe, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? A visit to the podiatrist is in order. With years of training and experience, a foot doctor like Dr. James M. McKee is a medical specialist and the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body. Schedule an appointment in Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A.’s comfortable, state-of-the-art office on Solomons Island Road. Call our friendly staff at 410-224-4448 or click here to get started today.