Posts for tag: broken
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.
We have all heard about the dangers of texting while walking. Tripping and bumping into obstacles are common injuries. However most don’t suffer like Texas Rangers’ pitcher Joseph Ortiz. He was texting on his phone while walking across a street when a motorcyclist ran over his left foot, fracturing it.
Once x-rays are taken to insure that bones are in their proper place, foot fractures are immobilized with a cast, splint, or walking boot to reduce pain and promote healing. If there was a simultaneous opening in the skin, called an open fracture, antibiotics are administered to prevent infection. If these principles are not followed, the risk of long-term sequelae increases.
If you are suffering with a nonhealing fracture or other foot ailment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. Our office can be reached by calling (847) 675-3400 or online at http://www.skokiepodiatry.com/appointment.html