What to Do About a Broken Toe

Our nation has been riding the corona coaster for close to a year now. And over this tumultuous year, podiatrists have seen a mysterious increase in the number of broken toes. There are two parts to this mystery: first, why is it happening? Second, what should you do if it happens to you?

Part 1: Why are people breaking their toes more often?

It’s not so hard to figure out why we’re experiencing a “pandemic” of broken toes. We’re spending more time at home, not putting on shoes as often. We sometimes go barefoot, leaving the toes exposed and vulnerable to walking into a door frame or filing cabinet. Which kind of begs the question: why are we walking into things at home? In short, we’re more distracted. Perhaps the kids are underfoot, as well as their toys. We’re dashing around from our workspace to the kitchen to the kids’ rooms to make sure they’re focused on schoolwork.

Part 2: What should you do if you’ve injured your toe?

Figuring out what to do after you stub your toe is not as evident. And knowing how bad the injury is can be a mystery to many people. If you stub your toe on a piece of furniture, it’s probably going to

  • hurt a lot.
  • swell up.
  • turn black and blue.

These symptoms alone may or may not mean you have a broken toe. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, recommends that you keep an eye on your injury over the first 24 hours or so. Contact our Fairfax County podiatry office if you experience any of these additional symptoms:

  • your pain gets worse, even if you’re applying ice and taking pain relievers.
  • your toe looks crooked.
  • you can move the toe in an odd direction.

A broken toe that doesn’t heal well can give you trouble in the future or stay crooked permanently. For a professional examination and treatment of your toe injury, call (703) 996-3000 or click here to make an appointment with Dr. Wilhelm at our office in Centreville, Virginia.

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