Broken Toe Overview
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Each toe is made up of several bones. One or more of these bones may be broken (fractured) after an injury to the foot or toes.
Broken Toe Causes
Broken toes usually result from trauma or injury to the foot or toe. Injuries such as stubbing a toe or dropping a heavy object on a toe may cause a fracture. A broken toe may result from prolonged repetitive stress or movements, as in certain sports activities. This is called a stress fracture.
Broken Toe Symptoms
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After the injury, pain, swelling, or stiffness will occur. Bruising of the skin around the toe may also be noticeable. The toe may not look normal, and it may even look bent or deformed if the broken bone is out of place. It may be difficult to walk due to pain, especially if the big toe is fractured.
Shoes may be painful to wear or feel tight.
Some other complications may develop as a result of the fracture. Complications can occur immediately after the injury (minutes to days), or can occur much later (weeks to years).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014
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