Toe Fractures

The foot contains 26 bones, fourteen of which are located in the toes. A toe fracture is a break in one of these bones. Fractures in the toes are a common injury which usually occurs as a result of direct trauma, such as dropping a heavy object on the toe or kicking too hard. It can also be caused by overuse or repetitive stress during activities such as running.

Toe fractures may be either non-displaced or displaced. Non-displaced fractures mean that the bone has a break in it, but the two ends are in contact with each other. A displaced fracture means that the broken ends of the bone have shifted away from each other.

If left untreated, a toe fracture may eventually progress to arthritis, deformity of the toe, and chronic pain.

Toe fractures

Family Podiatry Centre Toe fractures

 

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain at the point of impact
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Pain during standing and walking

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Kardem Kiter

Article by Kardem Kiter, specialist podiatrist at Family Podiatry Centre.

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