Accidents happen...and even small toes can hurt a lot. Bumping a toe against a bedpost, leg of a table, or luggage left in the middle of the floor are probably the most common reasons for a broken toe (toe fracture).
Periodic aching and throbbing are common as a broken toe heals. Without adequate care, walking can be painful and post-traumatic arthritis can develop.
X-rays are needed to differentiate a toe sprain from a broken toe, and to determine if a bone segment is out of alignment. Splinting it with medical tape provides greater stability and usually feels better. Sometimes a special shoe or surgery is needed.
If you have sustained a toe injury, please call for an appointment with Dr. Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.