The Little Toe That Could: Broken or Dislocated Toe
“I hit my little toe on my coffee table a year ago, and I taped it to the next toe for about a month. It seemed to get better, but now it’s getting more painful. What can be done?”
This is a story that we frequently hear at Triad Foot Center. Injuries to the toes can result in many problems. When the toe is rammed into any hard object, it can either break or be dislocated from the joint. This can only be determined by an x-ray. It is important to make sure the bone heals correctly after the initial break. If the toe shifts out of alignment, it can cause the bone to heal out of place and may result in a hammertoe, bone spur, or arthritis of the joint. If the joint is damaged, arthritis medications or surgery may be required to eliminate the pain and realign the toe.
If you’ve injured your toe recently, or in the past, it’s important to have it looked at by one of our podiatrists to determine if there was a break or dislocation. Even though pain may subside a few days or weeks after the injury, you may eventually have a deeper issue on your hands if it’s left untreated!
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