Can Anything Be Done for a Broken Toe?


 In a word: yes! Your board-certified podiatrist is an expert in treating broken toes and all other injuries or illnesses of your feet, ankles, and lower legs.

There are 26 bones in each of your feet, and more than half of them are in your toes. The big toe contains two bones, and the smaller toes contain three each. These bones are called the phalanges. Located at the end of a body part that is frequently in motion, those tiny bones are at risk of injury. When you stub your toe or drop something heavy on it, a fracture can also easily occur. This is a common injury.

Fractures of the phalanges can take many forms. A break may be straight and clean, or jagged with chips present. How will you know to suspect a fracture? Look for:

  • pain

  • limited range of motion at the joint

  • swelling

  • redness

  • bruising

If you’ve hurt yourself and these symptoms don’t resolve in 24 hours with at-home RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) care and a few doses of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medication such as ibuprofen, it’s time to see your podiatrist. If you’ve ever heard someone tell you, “There’s nothing to be done for a broken toe,” don’t believe them! With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. She or he will examine your foot and diagnose your injury with imaging tests such as an x-ray. If your toe is, in fact, broken, numerous treatment options will be available, including:

  • taping

  • splinting

  • immobilization with a cast or boot

  • crutches or another walking aid to relieve pressure on the area

  • prescription medication for pain and swelling

  • surgery, but only in rare extreme cases

Have you recently hurt your foot? Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova are here to help. Schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable Pikesville office today. Call the friendly Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started today.