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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Closed Reduction Repair for Broken Toes

Closed reduction repair is a common procedure used to realign and stabilize broken toes, providing relief and facilitating healing. When a toe sustains a fracture, whether due to trauma, impact, or repetitive stress, it can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Closed reduction involves manipulating the broken bone fragments back into their proper alignment without the need for surgery. During the procedure, a podiatrist carefully applies manual pressure and manipulation to return the fractured bones to their correct position. Following successful realignment, the toe is immobilized using a splint, tape, or buddy taping technique to maintain stability and support during the healing process. Closed reduction repair offers several benefits, including reduced risk of infection, minimal scarring, and faster recovery compared to surgical interventions. However, it is essential to follow post-procedure instructions carefully, including rest and elevation to promote optimal healing and prevent complications. If you have endured a broken toe, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if this is a correct treatment method for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Scott Burdge, DPM from Advanced Ankle & Foot. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Katy, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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