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By Foot First Podiatry Center
May 15, 2019
Category: toe pain

People tend to have many misconceptions when it comes to what should or should not be done when taking care of a broken or severely injured toe. A major myth about a broken toe is that the toe can’t be broken if you can walk on it, but this is not true, especially in the case of a stress fracture or minor break which may only be present with intermittent pain.

You may be able to treat a minor toe injury by resting and avoiding continued pressure on the toe, but if swelling and pain persist for more than a day or two, see your foot doctor for the proper evaluation and treatment. Treating a broken toe properly is necessary to help prevent future complications including arthritis and constant pain. If a broken toe is reset in a bent position, surgery may be needed to straighten it out.

3 treatments for a broken or severely sprained toe may include the following:

  1. Specially made inserts, splints, and braces—These custom made orthotic devices can be used to isolate, support, and cushion the affected toe. You may also need specially designed shoes with a wide toe box area and extra room for the supports.
  2. Immobilization with a rigid plastic boot—A rigid boot may have to be worn to completely immobilize the foot and protect the injured toe.
  3. Taping—A broken or severely sprained toe can be taped to an adjoining toe to help prevent movement.

If you need help treating a broken toe, see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
January 30, 2019
Category: toe pain
Tags: Bunions   Gout   Turf Toe   hallux rigidus  

There are many conditions and diseases that can cause pain in the big toe. Structural deformities like bunions are a major source of big toe pain. Big toe pain is one of the most common conditions treated by podiatrists, and since the conditions that cause it can be similar, you need to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.

Some other conditions that can cause pain in the big toe to include:

  • GoutWhen the uric acid in your blood builds up past a certain level it will crystallize into the extremities, often painfully affecting joints in the feet and hands with the large joint of the big toe frequently being affected. Gout is linked to a poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Turf toeThis athletic injury is a sprain of the big toe that often happens on artificial turf, but the injury can happen playing on any surface. The force of jamming your toes into the ground or from pushing off too abruptly can cause the ligaments around the toe to become inflamed and painful.
  • Stiff big toe (hallux rigidus)—Hallux is the Latin term for the big toe, and rigidus designates the complete rigidity of the big toe that is often noticed as this condition progresses. Stiff big toe can often be treated by wearing properly fitted shoes and with the correct orthotic inserts to help alleviate the pain and discomfort.

If you are experiencing big toe pain, seeing your podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!