Ramona Michel of Fishkill was one of six runners who were crowned as champions at the 37th annual Dutchess County Classic in September. Michel suffered a fractured right pinkie toe three weeks before the event when she accidentally banged her foot against the base of her son’s crib. Despite the injury, Michel refused to skip the race. “It was throbbing after about a mile,” she shared. “But I never thought about stopping. I was just thinking about seeing my family at the end, knowing they’d be proud of me.”

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont 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 contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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