Do I Need to See a Doctor for a Broken Toe? Treatment and Recovery Options

Posted by on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

If you’ve ever broken a toe, you know it hurts like hell. It’s such a small part of the body, and yet an injury there causes so much discomfort and chaos in your everyday life. You’ve probably heard many tall tales, like the mistaken belief that “there’s nothing you can do about a broken toe” or the false assumption that you can just “tape the toes and continue running.” But before you think of a broken toe as a “simple injury,” consider this: of the 26 bones in the foot, 19 are toe bones, and the velocity of the toe hitting a stationary object is said to fall between 60-80 mph. Each year, broken toes account for about 9 percent of fractures treated professionally.There’s a lot of potential for debilitating injury here!

While it’s true that we sometimes tell patients to rest, ice, compress, elevate, and wear a stiff-soled shoe following a toe injury—things people can do themselves at home—the important part of what we do is confirming the extent of the damage and giving patients peace of mind during their recovery. We can’t tell you how many people come to us months or even years down the road with complications from a broken toe that wasn’t evaluated at the time of injury. So if you’re asking yourself, “Do I need to see a doctor for a broken toe?”, we recommend you always get a professional assessment of a fractured toe as soon as possible to get you set off on the path to recovery.

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Take care of your toes, and consult a doctor if you break one. Image Source: Unsplash user Jan Romero.

The Cost of a Broken Foot: Recovering From Injury Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by on Friday, September 1st, 2017

Money is the last concern anyone wants to deal with while recovering from a broken foot, but with the soaring costs of medical care and rising out-of-pocket expenses in this country, we can’t help but be cognizant of the effects of medical care on our wallet. Jacksonville, Florida resident Bill Longnecker recently experienced firsthand the challenges and expenses associated with recovering from a broken foot.

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Recovering from a broken foot can be a tricky process. Image Source: Wikimedia user Amada44.

White Plains Foot Surgeon Tips: What to Do About a Smelly Foot Cast

Posted by on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Casts are common immobilization devices used in White Plains podiatry. Unfortunately, a cast can form a very unappealing odor in a matter of days. The unpleasant odor occurs when the cast becomes wet or moist for any reason. Moisture, particularly sweat, feeds the bacteria on your skin’s surface, resulting in that awful odor. While you may be doing an excellent job keeping your cast out of water, sweating can still cause you to feel self-conscious. Our NY foot surgeons have a few tips for getting through this challenging time in your recovery.

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Don’t let a smelly foot cast get you down! Our White Plains foot doctors have a number of solutions. Image Source: Wikimedia user Pagemaker787.

After Foot Surgery for Stress Fracture, Buffalo Bills’ Sammy Watkins Hopeful for Recovery

Posted by on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins told a fan “of course” he’d be ready for preseason. While the team is hopeful, we know first-hand that it’s difficult to predict just how a foot stress fracture may heal (particularly when, like Watkins, you’ve had surgery for screw insertion). Further complicating matters, Watkins isn’t sure when the break occurred, although it seems he played through the pain for much of last season.

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Sammy Watkins’ foot surgery recovery should give Bills’ fans something to cheer about. (Image Source: Wikimedia user Andre Carrotflower)

Mountaineering News: Walking on a Broken Foot, Woman Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

We get a lot of questions at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine from active patients who want to stick with their current plans — be it a vacation or mountain climb — even though they’ve recently injured their foot or ankle. They want to know how soon is “too soon” to push it, what they can realistically accomplish given their state of injury, and whether or not we think it’d be prudent for them to go ahead and follow their hearts’ desires. These are all good questions. The recent story of a woman who climbed a mountain with a broken foot illustrates what CAN be possible, though it’s not what we’d recommend for everyone.

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Imagine scaling this terrain walking on a broken foot! Image Source: Flickr CC user ActiveFree

Swimmer with Foot Trauma Comes Back for the Win

Posted by on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Montz, Louisiana resident Jesse Lynn LeBoeuf had spent the last eight summers swimming competitively for two hours or more a day. She practiced with the Crescent City Swim Club of Metairie and the Sun Villa Sharks of Norco. However, a freak accident over the summer threatened to cut her season short. “I absolutely love to swim,” the 14-year-old told her local paper.1 “Swimming is my one sport and a big part of who I am.” The teen’s story is something our NYC podiatry practice would like to share because it has the potential to empower others who are recovering from a devastating foot or ankle injury.

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Do you find it hard to stay out of the water with an injury? So did Jesse Lynn LeBoeuf! LeBoeuf overcame a serious foot injury to win a swimming competition. Image Source:

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Stressed Bones: Causes & Treatments For Minor Fractures of the Foot

Posted by on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Soccer fans were disappointed to learn that English footballer Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion will be out for at least three months with a stress fracture in his foot that will require surgery. “There’s no hiding the fact this is disappointing news, as Ben is a key player for us,” manager Steve Clarke said of the goalkeeper. It turns out Mr. Foster is not alone. Stress fractures are a very common injury for professional athletes.   Here Here at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we see these kinds of injuries at every level of athleticism, from professionals down to weekend footballers and in every sport.

Untreated Foot Fractures and Ankle Sprains: Dangerous Long-Term Consequences and Complications

Posted by on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Many people feel they can’t afford a doctor. However, a foot injury can become a serious (and expensive) problem years down the road if it hasn’t been treated properly. At our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we understand the stress that unanticipated medical expenses can cause — especially for those who are uninsured. We work with patients to create reasonable payment plans and find alternative financing so every person who comes through our door can enjoy prompt treatment without breaking the bank. Read on to learn about the consequences and complications that may arise from untreated fractures, sprains and other foot injuries.

Know the Difference Between a Stubbed or Broken Toe

Posted by on Friday, July 26th, 2013

You’re rushing around the house, with your mind focused on a task you need to get done, when you cut a corner too close or step into a piece of furniture. The pain sensation rushes straight to your brain and out your mouth. “OW!” you instinctively cry out. This has happened to all of us at one point or another. The problem occurs when the toe begins to swell and turn purple. It can be difficult to tell a stubbed toe from a broken toe — especially considering that there are so many nerve endings in the feet, a basic toe stub can feel like a bus has just run over your foot.

How To Treat Arthritis After A Broken Bone

Posted by on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

It’s presumed that a broken bone can be healed with a cast within three months. In serious cases, we think surgery can fix us — and years later, we’ll be fully healed. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case for many patients. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 5.6 million Americans are affected by a condition called “post-traumatic arthritis.”