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Toe and Forefoot Fractures Can Be Excruciating

Toe and forefoot fractures are quite common and can be excruciating. Typically resulting from a direct blow to your foot or an overuse/repetitive stress injury, symptoms may include bruising or discoloration and/or pain when walking or bearing weight on your foot. These types of fractures are generally classified as either displaced (the end of the broken bones have partially or completely separated) or non-displaced (the bone is cracked but the ends of it are still together). They may also be described as open or closed, depending on whether or not your skin has been broken. X-rays and MRI scans are commonly used for diagnosis of toe and forefoot fractures in our Houston clinic.

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The Prognosis on Treating Toe and Forefoot Fractures

Toe and forefoot fractures rarely require surgery for treatment. In most cases, this type of fracture will heal with mere rest and a change to your daily activities. The location of your injury and its severity will determine the appropriate course of treatment. For several days, you may find it too difficult to bear weight on your injured toes. Elevation and rest are recommended. As the pain begins to subside, you may be able to resume walking with wider-than-normal shoes or by “buddy taping” your broken toe to an adjacent toe. However, if your toe appears to be deformed, you may require a reduction procedure. Recovery for a broken toe may take 4-8 weeks or longer.

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