Symptoms and Signs of Broken Toe

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Broken Toe

A broken toe is a fracture of one of the bones in the toe. Trauma of any kind to the toe and foot is the most common cause of a broken (fractured) toe. Trauma can involve dropping a heavy object onto the foot or stubbing the toe into a hard surface. Severe, throbbing pain at the location of the break is a typical symptom of a broken toe.

Other associated signs and symptoms of a broken toe include swelling, bruising, and change in skin color of the toe. In some cases, the toe may appear to bend at an unnatural angle or a different angle than the toe on the healthy foot. Walking and even standing or bearing weight on the foot may be difficult to impossible with a broken toe. A broken toe may also cause discoloration of the toenails, and the nails may fall out.

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