Broken toe symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, and bruising that lasts up to two weeks. Your toe may be crooked and red around the affected area. Walking and wearing shoes may create a lot of pain, since the movement irritates the break or crack. In some cases, blood will pool underneath the toenail.
You can care for the injury at home with rest, ice, elevation provided it is not dislocated. Many times people say to our office that they didn’t think a broken toe could be treated. Not only can IT be treated but if not treated properly one can go on to develop what is called a nonunion and the toe may stay broken for 6-12 months. If the break isn’t severe, this common injury will go away in four to six weeks with home treatment like taping and wearing stiff, protective shoes.
If your big toe is oddly out of place—and especially if the break has created an open wound - you will need to come in for an evaluation. Call the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434 to make an appointment at our office in Carmichael, CA. We also serve the greater Sacramento area, including Citrus Heights and Fair Oaks.