Why you should get your toe checked if you think it might be broken
A broken toe is one of the more common injuries we can get. It can be caused by anything from dropping an object on it to stubbing it too hard. With some breaks, the damage will be severe and obvious. Other, smaller fractures, however, might not be so painful that you know it’s broken. Treatments for fractures in your toe can range from taking an over-the-counter painkiller, to orthotics to visiting your local podiatrist to have a cast put on your foot.
At Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic in Calgary, we like to help our patients understand and take an active role in their foot health. You shouldn’t take any chances with your feet, including when they might be broken.
How do I know if my toe is broken?
The major symptoms of a broken toe are pain, swelling, and discolouration around the site of the break. Breaks themselves can range from a small crack, or fracture, that will heal on its own in time if you don’t exacerbate the injury to a full break. If the bone in your toe snaps in two pieces, it can even break the skin. Obviously, breaks can be minor or severe and it can be tough to know which is which with less severe injuries.
Generally, if you think a break might have happened, it’s better to be safe than sorry and consult your local Calgary foot clinic. They’ll be able to give you an expert opinion and a recommendation for how to go about treating your injury. You should also be aware that broken toes can become infected and lead to more serious problems.
If you have stubbed your toe and the swelling or discolouration last more than a few days you should absolutely see your podiatrist in Calgary. Similarly, if your toe is hurt badly enough that you have trouble walking or getting your footwear on, it means that something severe has happened.
At Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat any foot problem you might have. From great advice to the most advanced custom orthotics, our Calgary foot clinic can help with any of your foot-related issues. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.