What are the symptoms of a broken toe?

Symptoms of broken toe usually are localized to the toe and typically include pain and swelling.

Common symptoms of broken toe

Symptoms of broken toe likely will develop soon after the bone fracture occurs. Their severity will depend on the severity of the fracture. Symptoms of broken toe include:

  • Bleeding or bruising
  • Burning feeling
  • Difficulty moving the toe
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Toe pain and swelling
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling or other unusual sensations

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, a broken toe can be a serious condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care if you, or someone you are with, have any of these serious symptoms including:

  • Bone protruding from skin
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Extensive bleeding

What is a broken toe?

A broken toe is a condition characterized by a fracture of one of the bones in your toes. A broken toe may result from a variety of injuries, including falls, accidents, or dropping an object on your toe. Osteoporosis, which is a thinning and weakening of the bones, is a further cause of broken toes.... Read more about broken toeintroduction


What causes a broken toe?

A broken toe may result from a variety of injuries. Your toe may be broken during a fall, a sporting activity, or a traffic accident. Dropping an object on your toe may also cause the bones in your toe to fracture. Osteoporosis, a thinning and weakening of the bones, is another cause of broken toes. If you have osteoporosis, your bones may break during activities that normally would do no harm. Stress fractures, minor fractures of the bone, may arise if you participate in intense activity, due to overuse.... Read more about broken toecauses


How is a broken toe treated?

Treatment for a broken toe begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine whether you have a broken toe, your health care provider may take an X-ray. The X-ray will visualize the bones in your toes and show whether a fracture occurred and where it is.... Read more about broken toetreatments

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