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What to Do if Your Child Breaks a Toe

Broken toes in kids are common due to their active lifestyles and frequent participation in sports and play. These fractures often occur from stubbing the toe, dropping heavy objects on the foot, or direct impacts during activities. Symptoms of a broken toe include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. The pain from a broken toe is usually immediate and intense, with visible deformity or misalignment in severe cases. If a child complains of persistent pain and shows signs of swelling or discoloration, a fracture is likely. Treatment for broken toes in children typically involves rest, compression, and elevation to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Immobilizing the toe with a splint or buddy-taping it to an adjacent toe can help maintain alignment and promote healing. Pain relievers may be used to manage discomfort. If you suspect your child has broken a toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Zina Cappiello, DPM from Dr. Zina B. Cappiello DPM, LLC. Our podiatrist 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 feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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