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What to Do if Your Child Breaks a Toe

Broken toes in kids are common due to their active lifestyles and frequent participation in sports and play. These fractures often occur from stubbing the toe, dropping heavy objects on the foot, or direct impacts during activities. Symptoms of a broken toe include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. The pain from a broken toe is usually immediate and intense, with visible deformity or misalignment in severe cases. If a child complains of persistent pain and shows signs of swelling or discoloration, a fracture is likely. Treatment for broken toes in children typically involves rest, compression, and elevation to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Immobilizing the toe with a splint or buddy-taping it to an adjacent toe can help maintain alignment and promote healing. Pain relievers may be used to manage discomfort. If you suspect your child has broken a toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. 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 Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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 care needs.

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