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A 24-year-old female asked:

my middle toe broke 7 weeks ago in the bottom of the distal phalange. it still hurts and it is stiff and cannot bend it.should i go see a podiatrist?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
It is OK.: Since you use your foot a lot, it is not unusual to have pain even weeks after you broke them.A podiatrist may help y giving you an antiinflammatory medicine for pain and a device to help you ease the pain when walking.There is no surgery that can be done.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
? How do you know it's okay? The foot needs to be x rayed, and the toe clinically examined. I am not sure what is meant by no surgery can be done without seeing an xray. In fact, if there is continued pain and if bone healed improperly, surgery could be done if needed.
Sep 21, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
If displaced to begin with then healed it still may need surgery
Sep 21, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Good idea: They will xray and give advice.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Have it evaluated.: You may need and x-ray. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment.
Dr. Marc Foucher
Podiatry 29 years experience
Need an X-ray.: A 7 week old fracture has already started healing. An X-ray is required to properly evaluate it. A Podiatrist or Orthopaedist would be the proper physician.
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 24 years experience
Probably : It is common for a toe to be stiff and swollen and difficult to bend at 7 weeks after a fracture. However, it might be a good idea to see your podiatrist and get the toe X-rayed and checked.

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