Breaking News: Broken Toe Treatment Tips

Summer Foot CareSo you’re on your big camping trip, all is good, and you’re about to have a campfire. You’re carrying the bundle of wood over to the pit when suddenly a chipmunk dashes in front of you. Startled, you lose your grip on the bundle, and bam! The logs land right on your toe. Going out on a limb here, but a broken toe treatment looks to be in your future.

Broken toes are common injuries and usually occur when heavy objects fall on our feet. They can also break from a sudden impact playing sports or a severely stubbed toe. In most cases, you can simply tape your toe to itself and not its neighbors and let the bone heal in place. However, if the break is severe, you should definitely seek a doctor’s help.

In the meantime, how can you stop hopping around, howling in pain? First, sit down. Keep your weight off of your foot as much as possible. Next, apply ice wrapped in a towel (so it’s not against your bare skin) for 20 minutes at a time. To control swelling, keep your foot elevated. This is a great time to kick back, relax, and think about how much you detest chipmunks.

By all means, take some pain medication. If swelling, discoloration, and pain does not decrease at all after a few days, or you still can’t walk or wear shoes, it’s time to call in the experts.

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists can help assess the break and determine appropriate treatment. You may have to wear a special stiff-bottomed shoe or be fitted with a walking cast.

If you think your toe is broken and you can’t stand the pain, hobble in to Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, Texas, and ask to see Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. Perhaps even the thought of walking here makes you cringe. In that case, just call for an appointment by dialing (512) 328-8900, then have a friend bring you in for a broken toe treatment—and fast!

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Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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