September 1, 2015
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Broken Toe (cont.)

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What are the symptoms of a broken toe?

  • Pain, swelling, or stiffness will occur in a broken toe following injury. It may be difficult to walk due to the pain, especially with a broken big toe. This is because the big toe bears much of the weight of the body during walking or pivoting. A broken little toe (pinky toe) may be painful, but usually does not limit the ability to walk.
  • Other symptoms include
    • a bruised toe,
    • bruising of the skin around the toe, and
    • a bent or deformed appearance of the toe if the broken bone is out of place.
  • Other problems may develop as a result of the fractured toe. Complications can occur immediately after the injury (minutes to days), or can develop much later (weeks to years).
  • People with weakened bones

What are the causes of a broken toe?

Trauma or injury such as stubbing the toe (jammed toe) or dropping a heavy object on the toe may cause a broken toe. The location of the toes (at the front part of the feet) makes them the most likely part of the foot to be injured.

Prolonged repetitive movements, as in certain sports activities, can cause a type of broken type of broken toe called a stress fracture or hairline fracture. People with weakened bones (osteoporosis or other disorders) may develop stress fractures simply from wearing improper shoes.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/broken_toe/article.htm

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