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Proximal Phalanx Fracture Toe
Bone healing: There are many different factors that can help determine the rate at which bone heals. Somethings we can control, whether the fx site is immobilized, swelling is controlled, pt. Smoking hx etc. Others we have less control over such as, age, metabolic condition, or the type of fractue that occured just to na, e a few. It may benefit you to have xrays and see a doctor. ...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
I have fourth proximal phalanx fracture of foot which has not been heeled so far even on casting since 21 days. What to do next?
Wait: No broken bone heals in 3 weeks. Bones will be 75% healed in 6-8 weeks, unless something is slowing healing. I'm glad to hear it was casted. Digital fractures are often undertreated. Rest the foot, limit activity to comfort and it should be fairly solid in another month or so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suffered displaced phalanx fracture 4 weeks ago. 5th toe is bluish black, feels detached & spongy. There is dull pain & unable to put last 2 toes down?
Stabilize.: Toe fractures can range from simple, straight forward to those of more severity. The recovery process, as you would expect, will vary depending on the severity and treatment. Your inability to pit your last two toes down, seems to signify that there is still some residual swelling. This is not too unexpected if the toe is unstable. This could best be remedied by taping the last two toes together. ...Read more
Suffered a displaced phalanx fracture a month ago. Now my doc says my toe is dry gangrene except for a tiny portion at the ventral side. Can I recover?
Yes without toe: If Dr. Is correct and fractured phalanx has lost blood supply then loss of toe will occur. In an extremity when blood supply is lost a vascular surgeon attempts vessel graft but this requires a large vessel even if graft employed. In the toe no vessel can be re established when lost and gangrene sets in. With wet gangrene surgery needed immediately. Dry gangrene if left will need amputation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which side?: If on the palm side of the finger, it is a volar plate avulsion. These are treated like sprains with early motion - just need to avoid hyper extension. If on the top side, it may represent a tendon rupture - these require splinting and sometimes surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Last Sunday I fractured my proximal phalanx on my right middle finger and it is still swollen and I can't bend it. Is this normal?
Should I do surgery of subtle volar fracture through proximal base of proximal phalanx of thumb with volary distraction of avulsed fracture fragment?
See a hand surgeon:
Fractures through joint surfaces are generally more problematic than those outside of joints. Depending on a number of factors, they may predispose to the onset of early arthritis in the joint if the surface is not reconstructed accurately. I would see a hand surgeon to evaluate the particulars of your case.
Good luck. ...Read more
I have fracture on the base of proximal phlanax of my great toe 1mmx2mm, how long does it take to heal and do I have to see a orthopedic surgeon?
6 weeks: Most fractures of any bone will heal in about 6 weeks. As to whether you need to see an orthopedist, you probably do not. You should tape the broken toe to an adjacent toe ("buddy taping") to splint it, and take tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil for pain. If this is not working you should see an orthopedist, as you may not be healing and can cause a false joint to form. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Incomplete fx of the proximal phalanx of the right great toe w/ a 3mm chip type fx Also slight deviation of 1st metatarsophalangeal joint. Heal time?
I suffered a phalanx fracture a month ago. The skin is hard, black & finger immobile. Doc say its skin gangrene we'd wait & watch. What is it future?
Need aggressive: Treat meant, to save the finger and spread of infection to the hand, injury may be more extensive than you are describing, speak to your doctor again, or preferably see a hand surgeon. ...Read more
Over a month after my phalanx fracture my toe is still swollen I'm not able to move it nore put pressure on it will I need surgery to fix it see pic.
I would advise: Using a surgical shoe to walk with and wrapping he toe to attempt to reduce swelling. Icing is goo as well. Would need copy of xrays to comment further. ...Read more
Non displaced transverse fracture involving proximal diaphysis of the fifth proxmial phalanx what is non displaced transverse fracture involving proximal diaphysis of the fifth proxmial phalanx and what will happen woith treatment
There are three bones in the little ("pinky") toe (some folks only have two), and they are called phalanges (the pleural of "phalanx"). The one closest to the foot is the proximal phalanx, the one closest to the end of the toe is the distal phalanx, and the one in the middle is called.... Well, it's the middle phalanx.
The diaphysis of a long bone (these are all considered "long" bones even though they're not really all that long) is the middle section of the bone.
Transverse means sideways, and fracture means break.
So to translate med-speak to english (google should think of doing something like this), you have a sideways fracture in the bone closest to the foot in your pinky toe in the middle of the bone. Non-displaced means the pieces are lined-up nicely, and there is no need to "reduce" it (put the pieces back in alignment).
So this is really good news for you.... You don't need to have the thing put back in place, and the fracture is in the middle of the bone, so it doesn't cross or involve a joint, which means you're not gonna get arthritis in the toe later on (at least not from this fracture).
Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal, and since the 5th toe has it's own motion during the gait cycle, you really can't tape a 5th toe to a 4th toe. And there is no need to put a cast on for a toe fracture.
So just keep your walking to a minimum for the next 2 months or so. Now's not the best time to do your christmas shopping... In case you have that planned for this weekend like I do... And you'll probably be more comfortable in a shoe with a stiff sole, because bending the toe with every step is going to cause that little piggy to go wee-wee-wee all the way home.
How'd I do? ...Read more
My son has a chip fracture on his right little finger proximal phalanx. Do it take time to heal? What are the treatment methods?
Avulsion fractures: In the finger can be minor with a small fragment but accompanied by a large soft tissue injury to ligaments and tendons, or can have a large fracture that compromises the stability of the joint, Often treatment, the of splint, splint position, length of splinting depends upon many factors. Best to follow up with a hand surgeon. A splint from the ER should not be final rx! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son has a chip fracture on the right little finger proximal phalanx. How long do it take to heal and what are the treatment modalities?
Avulsion fractures: In the finger can be minor with a small fragment but accompanied by a large soft tissue injury to ligaments and tendons, or can have a large fracture that compromises the stability of the joint, Often treatment, the of splint, splint position, length of splinting depends upon many factors. Best to follow up with a hand surgeon. A splint from the ER may be fine at first but have issues (see more) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a fracture in the form of split in the Phalanx of the BIG toe of my right leg and put a splint. Should I remove it?
No: Don't remove it unless you were told to do so. Did you follow up with a podiatrist? . Ask your doctor or podiatrist to evaluate progress and determine if you still need it. ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more
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