Myth #1: “A doctor can’t do anything for a broken toe.”
Although it isn’t true, unfortunately many people believe this myth
and never get proper treatment for these injuries. In fact, if a
fractured toe or metatarsal bone is not treated correctly, serious
complications may develop.
The bones may become deformed, thereby limiting the ability to move the foot or causing difficulty in fitting shoes.
If there is a fracture in a joint (the juncture where two bones
meet), arthritis may develop. Arthritis may also be a result of angular
deformities that develop when a displaced fracture is severe or hasn’t
been properly corrected.
An untreated fracture can cause chronic pain and long-term dysfunction.
A fracture that does not heal can lead to the need for surgery
Myth #2: “If you can walk on it, it isn’t broken.”
Many people believe this myth, and will continue to walk after a
bone in their foot is fractured…sometimes resulting in even greater
damage. Symptoms of a fracture include:
Pain at the time the fracture occurs and perhaps for a few hours later, but often the pain goes away after several hours.
Misshapen appearance of the toe.
Bruising and selling the next day
In addition to fractures that are caused by trauma to the foot, some
people (especially those who participate in athletics or who suffer
from osteoporosis) may get a stress fracture in their foot. Although
one can walk on a foot that has a stress fracture, these tiny, hairline
breaks should not be ignored, because they will come back unless
properly treated. You may have a stress fracture if you notice:
Pain with or after normal activity
Pain that goes away when resting and then returns when standing or during activity
Pain at the site of the fracture when touched
Swelling, but no bruising
The bottom line is, fractures of the foot require proper treatment.
Even if your fracture has been treated in an emergency room, follow-up
with our office is advised to avoid improper healing and possible