2 Misconceptions About Broken Toes


Many people have misconceptions about how to treat injured and broken toes. Since complications can develop with a broken toe that isn’t properly cared for, it’s always best to have an injured toe looked at by your foot doctor to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment.

2 common misconceptions about broken toes include the following:

  1.  If you can walk on it, then it’s not broken—Some less severe types of breaks such as stress fractures may cause only minor pain, but if you continue to walk on the foot you are probably making the situation much worse. Always rest an injured foot to get a better idea of the extent of the damage. Just trying to walk it off could be a big mistake. 

  2. A broken toe will heal by itself—While a minor injury may get better without much treatment, it’s more likely that you will be causing further damage by ignoring and minimizing the symptoms of an injured toe. As soon as possible after stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on it, take the weight off your foot and allow the pain and swelling to reduce so you can more accurately inspect the toe. If swelling and pain persist after several hours, you should have it looked at by your podiatrist. The toe may need to be splinted and, in severe cases, surgery may be needed to repair the damage.

If you suspect that you have a broken toe, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.