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Fractured Little Toe Treatment
Tape the toe: If the toe is in proper alignment tape that toe to the next toe putting cotton or a spacer in between the toes. Continue to tape the toes for 3 weeks. ...Read more
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Does a dr have to prescribe a bone stimulator for a fractured little toe that hasn't healed in 3 months? I can't find one anywhere
Yes: However, I would suggest an evaluation by a orthopaedic specialist first. There may be other options for this problem. ...Read more
How would the symptoms differ from a 5th metatarsal fracture and tendonitis? Pain spot is about about inch/ inch and half lower than my little toe.
Very hard to deciphe: Some fractures are relatively painless. Thus it is best that you see a specialist like a Podiatrist & let them obtain imaging. This is not something you should try to diagnose yourself. If it is tendonitis the treatment could be Physical therapy and a topical anti-inflammatory. If it is a fracture it could involve immobilization. Given such different treatments the first step is a proper diagnosis ...Read more
Can I live with a non union fracture in my little toe or will this cause damage later on in life to my foot or leg etc?
Depends: If the bones are well lined up, but not healed, it is unlikely to cause harm. It is also possible that what was diagnosed as a nonunion may actually be a delayed union and it could still go on to heal. If you have a fracture that is displaced and not healed, it could potentially lead to pressure sores and other problems if it is producing a deformity in the area. I would discuss with your md. ...Read more
I have a displaced oblique fracture at the base of my little toe. It can't be strapped and I have difficulty and pain when walking. Would crutches h?
Would help a good deal but you must KNOW HOW to use them. Improperly used they can be unsafe or aggravate the issue.
In most Pharmacies there will be proper training if you ask for it.......
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
I fracture my foot dislocated my little toe and damaged my ligament on Sunday. How long will it be bruised for?
10-14 days: The fracture itself will usually heal by 6-8 weeks, but most bruising resolves in the 10-14 day range. ...Read more
The little toe hit a table leg & 12 week old fracture in the 3rd phalange (outside parallel to the foot) hasn't healed. Surgery or laser to fix it?
Unusual: Toe fractures esp phalanx fractures generally heal without much treatment in any case. I would suspect that it has some healing now. If it continues to hurt see your ors or podiatrist. ...Read more
See doc; get X-ray: It is important that the fracture be diagnosed and evaluated by x-ray. Depending on the location of the fracture as well as the extent of displacement, it will dictate the treatment protocol. Being that it is the 2nd metatarsal and crucial with weight bearing, I suggest you do not delay going to see the doctor. See a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more
Fractured 2nd, 3rd, 4th metatarsal from nasty fall 3wk ago. Plastered foot atm. What treatment do u suggest (2nd and 3rd alignment off).?
Depends: It varies based on a more detailed description of the injury. Displaced metatarsal fractures do not always need surgery, but there is a critical part of the foot where the metatarsal bones meet the tarsal bones and if it is involved it must be perfectly realigned and fixed otherwise you may have a very poor outcome. Make sure you are seeing a specialist. ...Read more
Depends on fracture: Most foot fractures are treated without surgery. Many heal well in a walking boot. Others have optimal healing in a cast. Others that are low risk only need rest and good supportive footwear. Metatarsal and toe fractures are the most common. Occasionally, severe fractures that are significantly displaced require surgery. The typical amount of healing time is 6 weeks. ...Read more
Yes: If left untreated you can get a non-union. You can lose function. ...Read more
Yes: The quickest route to healing would be to immobilize the foot, but the fracture will eventually heal on its own. The more pressurei n the area and the more motion trying to occur at the fracture line the more pain you will have. ...Read more
I have an avulsion fracture of my 5th metatarsal bone in my foot. What will I experience during my treatment?
I have had a stress fracture in my left foot (3rd metatarsal) for 10 weeks. Treatment includes moon boot, crutches and physio. X-rays show slight healing but physio says more healing should have occurred by now. What should I do?
More Stimulation.: On what basis was the conclusion made that more healing should have occurred. The main criteria is the amount of pain you are having after 10 weeks. The problem with stress fractures is that many times patients just don't take them serious until too late. If you are still having pain, a bone stimulator may boost your healing potential. This is an easily applied device that may help significantly. ...Read more
I have had probable navicular fracture. The left foot MRI is scheduled to confirm this. What are the pros and cons of surgical vs nonsurgical treatment?
Pro vs con: Surgery: pro - addresses pathology directly, possibly shorter recovery (study supported), decrease chances of re-fracture. Con- risks include same risks for all surgeries. No surgery: pro - no surgery, incision, of possible surgical complications, or recovery period from surgery, cheaper. Con- may not heal fracture on timely manner, may need surgery anyways and you just wasted 3 months in cast. ...Read more
My fifth toe is swollen & red & I cant bend it down or walk on it cause of an injury but x ray doesn't show fracture so what's the problem?
I had a displaced fracture of proximal phalanx of fifth toe two weeks ago. I am giving exams however, my foot swells a lot and has turned blue.?
Moving Along.: From your description, your toe is not hurting. Well not as much as it was two weeks ago. The blue coloring can occur from all the collateral damage incurred during the original injury. Normally, this clears up in time. I would think that a displaced toe would still be swollen even after two weeks. Your body is not satisfied that the fracture is stable and is using swelling to help. ...Read more
I had a displaced fifth toe fracture 3 days ago reduced with buddy taping. I cant hang my foot down, results in severe pain. How should I walk?
Not my buddy: Since you mention displaced fracture and buddy taping, it sounds like it has already been examined, x-rayed and splinted by a pro. If not, do it. When a bone breaks blood to the bone increases, increasing the pressure. When you hang it down, the pressure increases more. That increases pain. Elevate it. The taping may be slowing the blood out of toe increasing pain. Adjust it. Use fx shoe, crutch. ...Read more
When should I start walking after fifth toe displaced fracture? Ten days and still hurts when I lower my foot. New bruises also sprang up in foot
Maybe a second look.: I would think that ten days is enough time to allow you to walk with some mild to moderate pain. Since you are seeing new bruising something else should be considered. While enjoying the toe fracture, did you fracture something else that is now affecting you recovery. You need to get the foot x-rayed and check for other fractures. Nsaids should take the edge off and perhaps an accommodating shoe. ...Read more
I had fifth toe fracture last week. Yesterday I noted a large bruise in the centre of foot extremely painful and is not letting me hang my foot/walk?
You hit your toe against something hard enough to break it. My guess is, you hit the rest of the foot hard also, but didn't notice it because the toe hurt so much. Now it's badly bruised.
Dr. Latva ...Read more
Sprained my ankle 4 weeks ago and still have a lot of pain on the side of my fifth toe (phalange bone area) not a fracture nor a bunion.?
Have it reevaluated: Was the foot x rayed? Have the issue reevaluated in pain persists. ...Read more
DEPENDS: I either use a CAM boot or surgical shoe. Then, WB or NWB. Every patient is different. AND STOP SMOKING! ...Read more
Several: Typically a fracture requires no stress along the area until healing is complete. Physical therapy will be limited to what they can do because of this. They would have to treat it with static form a therapy in which they do not manipulate the area physically. If they do then the area would never heal. Some you laser therapy/ultrasound to encourgae bone healing or tens unit to control edema/pain. ...Read more
Hard to say: There are several ways to address the lisfranc injury/fracture. These are complex and require complex information and diagnostics as an operating surgeon to make the treatment decision. Treatment ranges from casting and immobilization to internal fixation to fusion of the joint. A specialist would need to do a thorough evaluation to make that call. ...Read more
Toe injury: Treatment of both are essentially the same. You may "buddy" tape your small toe with the adjacent toe which will act as a splint. Also, it would be beneficial to wear a stiff/supportive-soled shoe to protect from too much motion while walking. Fractures will heal within 3-4 weeks generally and most likely sooner for a sprain. ...Read more
Discomfort & burning down side of foot when touch/pressure on little toe for 1 yr. "interdigital nerve comp. Of 2 smallest toes".What treatment?
Burning foot: Burning on side of foot could be nerve being compressed in foot but doesn't sound like interdigital nerve compression. Depending on the final diagnosis there are options available like medications which work on nerves (amitryptyline, nortyptiline), or decompression surgery or nerve block. Please see your doctor. ...Read more