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Buddy Taping Method for Mildly Fractured Toes

A broken toe can wreak havoc while attempting to complete daily activities, and it may happen for various reasons. These can include stubbing it into a piece of furniture, which is generally the pinky toe, or from dropping a heavy object on it. Most people experience immediate pain, bruising, and swelling with a broken toe, and promptly seek medical attention. If the fracture is mild, the buddy taping method may work well. This is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, which is generally successful in providing the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. It is beneficial to stay off of the foot as much as possible, and frequently elevating it may reduce some of the swelling. If the break is severe, a bone may protrude from the toe, piercing the skin, and it may look deformed. This type of fracture needs immediate medical attention from a podiatrist, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can diagnose and treat your broken toe accordingly.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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