Broken Toe / Fracture

A fracture is a break in a bone. Fractures can be divided into two separate categories: Traumatic and Stress fractures.

Traumatic fractures are caused by a direct blow or impact, like stubbing the toe. In some cases the toe can become displaced, meaning the position of the toe is changed. Surgery can sometimes be required for this type of break.

Stress fractures are tiny hairline breaks that are usually caused by repetitive stress. Hairline fractures most often affect athletes. However, the can often be caused by an abnormal foot structure, a deformity, or osteoporosis. Improper footwear can also, wearing shoes with little to no support can cause a stress fracture. In many cases, the old adage "if you can walk on it, it isn't broken is wrong!"

The old statement "if I broke my toe, there isn't a thing the doctor can do" is wrong also! There are several treatments for a broken toe. Some common treatments include:
*Wearing a stiff sole shoe with an orthotic
*"Buddy Taping"
*Physical Therapy
*Follow-up care

For more information talk to your podiatrist. Your doctor will customize a treatment specifically for you.