Broken Toes: How to Know if it’s a Break
The Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge is an expedition race of a lifetime. Three teams made up of wounded servicemen from the UK, the US, Australia, and Canada will make their way over a 335 km course in 16 days, battling the elements of the South Pole. The live departure, which will include Prince Harry, can be seen on November 14, 2013.
The involvement of Prince Harry has brought this race much attention, but his broken toe has taken the spotlight as well. Officials say it is not going to stop him, but a true broken toe can sideline even the toughest athlete. If you have stubbed, jammed or dropped something on your toe, do you know how to tell if it is broken?
For the most part, you will experience some common symptoms when you injure a toe. Immediate pain, swelling and some discoloration are normal but they will vary in severity with the nature of the injury. These symptoms can be present with a sprain or an actual fracture. They will be more severe with a break. An obvious sign of a fracture would be if bone were protruding from the skin. That would necessitate immediate medical attention. Extensive bleeding, burning or tingling, stiffness and limited ability to move the toe are likely indicators of a broken toe.
If you have injured your toe and symptoms progress or worsen after a few days despite self-care measures, it needs to be looked at. Walking around on a broken toe or delaying treatment could complicate the healing process and result in future problems.
Contact Drs. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt for treatment of any foot problem. Dallas Podiatry Works has two locations to serve you – make an appointment in Dallas, TX by calling (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX by calling (972) 943-3323. Visit us online as well for more information.
Category: Sports Injuries
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