General or Other | - Others | Toe fracture (Disease)
Another name for a broken toe is a toe fracture. Each toe is made up of several bones. One or more of these bones may be fractured after an injury to the foot or toes.
Symptoms include: A cracked noise when hitting; Pain, edema (swelling of the finger), bruising (bruising); Finger deformity may occur, for example straightening the finger in another direction.
Causes and Risk factors
Toe fracture may occur either by hitting it or by preventing the fall after a heavy object on your finger. A longitudinal fracture (in hair) may occur after regular exercise, strenuous activity, like running or walking.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosis is made after physical examination. Examining sensitivity, swelling, bruising are performed. X-ray is needed to differentiate fracture from sprain.
Treatment depends on the type of fracture, the severity of injury and the fracture site. Most times, fractured finger is wrapped in gauze and fixed finger splints between neighboring fingers. It take up to 2-4 weeks to heal. Other treatments are: the additional protection of the hurt finger, using plaster or of supports to stabilize the finger; surgical repair of the finger, in severe cases. ...