Toe and Metatarsal Fractures (Broken toes)
How do you know if you have a fracture of a sprain when you toe catches or crashes into something?
Yipes, Ever walked into something with your little toe? My foot met the car tire last night in the garage and some intense pain ensued, followed by bruising and swelling. Had X Rays today, and sure enough I have a fracture.
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The structure of your foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Of the 26 bones in your foot, 19 are toe bones (phalanges) and metatarsal bones (the long bones in the midfoot). Fractures of the toe and metatarsal bones (broken toes) are common and require evaluation by a specialist. A foot and ankle surgeon should be seen for proper diagnosis and treatment, even if initial treatment has been received in an emergency room.
What is a Fracture?
A fracture is a break in the bone. Fractures can be divided into two categories: traumatic fractures and stress fractures.
Traumatic Fractures toe fracture
Traumatic fractures (also called acute fractures) are caused by a direct blow or impact — like seriously stubbing your toe. Traumatic fractures can be displaced or nondisplaced. If the fracture is displaced, the bone is broken in such a way that it has changed in position (dislocated). Treatment of a traumatic fracture depends on the location and extent of the break and whether it is displaced. Surgery is sometimes required.
Signs and symptoms of a traumatic fracture include:
* You may hear a sound at the time of the break.
* “Pinpoint pain” (pain at the place of impact) at the time the fracture occurs and perhaps for a few hours later, but often the pain goes away after several hours.
* Deviation (misshapen or abnormal appearance) of the toe.
* Bruising and swelling the next day.
* It is not true that “if you can walk on it, it’s not broken.”
Evaluation by the foot and ankle surgeon is always recommended.