Some people think that toe fractures are no big deal, and that there is no treatment for them. This is, however, not always the case. It is true that if a toe fracture is in good alignment, that rest, ice, elevation, and buddy taping are treatment staple, but if the toe fracture is in bad alignment (or displaced), surgery may be required. It is always important to see a Foot and Ankle Specialist to get an X-ray so the correct treatment regimen can be followed.
Fractures of the Big Toe
The big toe (or hallux) plays an important role in weight bearing and balance. If fractures of this toe are mistreated or go undiagnosed, deformity, decreased range of motion, and arthritis may result. These can impair function and lead to long-term pain and problems with walking.
Fractures of the Lesser Toes
One of the most common fractures of the lesser toes is a bedpost fracture of the 5th digit. This toe is often caught on bedposts, table legs, etc. Fractures of this toe are often displaced and may require reduction. Reduction of a fracture simply means putting it back into good alignment so it can heal properly. Reduction may be performed in the office setting under local anesthesia, or in the operating room if surgery is required.
If you think you might have a toe fracture, contact one of the doctors at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists!