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Trigger Toe Treatment
If I've broken my toe what are signs that its a more serious break that needs more than home treatment?
NEEDS TO BE SEEN: An xray will be able to tell 'the seriousness of the fracture' such as displacement or comminution. Displacement is when the bones are 'shifted' and less likely to heal. Communition is when there are 'extra fragments' you are not be able to tell how serious a fracture is by looking on the outside, sorry. Hope you are better soon! ...Read more
Likely: Depending on the location and whether a joint is affected can alter treatment plans. In a non-displaced, non-articular (not involving a joint) we often buddy splint the affected toe to it's neighbor for 4 weeks. If the joint is involved there are times when surgery is considered to either remove the fracture fragment or primarily repair the fracture with fixation. ...Read more
See a podiatrist: Corns are callouses on the toes and are caused mainly by shoe irritation over a period of time. They can just be trimmed by a podiatrist, but will usually come back. The real cause is bony enlargement or malpositioning of the toe. There is a real simple surgery to smooth off the underlying bone and the corn should go away permanently. You can also have your shoes stretched or wear wider shoes. ...Read more
Bony enlargement: It is thickened skin that forms pressure over a bone spur. There are no natural treatments. You can protect the area or have it removed. ...Read more
Yes: Claw toes or hammertoes are deformities of the toes due to an imbalance of muscles and tendons of the foot. Initially symptoms may be mild and the contracture of the toe is flexible. If left untreated the deformity can progress to a fixed deformity that is stiff and inflexible. Surgery often involved arthroplasty (removal of the joint) or fusion (arthrodesis) of the joint. ...Read more
See a podiatrist:
Debilitating arthritis, toe deformities, permanent nerve injury and tendinopathy can result if the fracture is not adequately stabilized and the soft tissues not properly cared for.
Prolonged immobilization, and/or surgery are indicated. If the injury is severe enough, and surgical reconstruction is not possible, amputation might be needed. Get it taken care of asap! ...Read more
The tendon on the top of the big toe joint is called the Extensor Hallucis Longus. The tendon on the bottom of the big toe joint is called the Flexor Hallucis Longus.
A tear of one of these would just be called a tear of that tendon. A complete tear would require surgical correction with suture or grafts. A partial tear may be treated with casts and non-weight bearing. ...Read more
You need to clean the wound and if you canseethe punture site apply an antiseptic to it.
I would make sure that your tetanus vaccination is up to date. ...Read more
What treatment is there for numb toes from wearing high heels? Toes have been numb for a month now.
Could be a neuroma: If just 2 or 3 toes are "numb" this could be from a specific type of nerve irritation called a neuroma. If all the toes are numb, something else may be going on. See a podiatrist for a physical exam and diagnosis... Then specific treatment is much easier to recommend. ...Read more
Blood is coming out of elbows and toes. Unable to find out thereason for this. What is this called and what is the treatment?
???: Need to be a little more specific in terms of what you mean when "blood is coming out". ...Read more
I have a soft corn on my third toe and I have been using Dr. Scholls corn removers to rid the appearance, but it keeps re-appearing after treatment.?
Soft corn: These are tough, because the area between the toes is usually very moist--it is difficult to get anything to stick there. The condition is most often caused by a prominent bone in one or both of the toes that rub against each other. Try padded sleeves or tube foam. Ultimately, an X ray and surgery (shaving down the prominent bone, etc.) may be necessary to get rid of the problem. ...Read more
See the podiatrist: Have a podiatrist check it in order to make sure the broken toenail did not damage the bed as well. ...Read more
I have a grayish "pearl" under my toe where I found a tick. What is this and what is treatment for this?
I'm not sure: What is meant by a pearl, but I would see a foot doc and let them have a look, maybe debride it, it necessary. ...Read more
Removal, antibiotics: If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary (you're numbed up for this, don't worry!). While waiting to see your doctor, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. ...Read more
Usually splinting: Most toe fractures, if in good alignment, will respond well to splinting. Taping the fractured toe to the adjacent toe (s) for several weeks (3-6) along with a good, stiff shoe or surgical shoe is usually adequate. If concerns, have it evaluated. Not all fracture respond with simple treatment. If misalignment or continued pain, have an examination. Dr l. ...Read more