Contrary to the beliefs of many, an improperly treatedbroken toe can lead to significant pain, disability, missed work and exercise.
Fractured Toe Fallacy #999:
"If you break a toe, there is nothing you can do about it."
This is very misleading information to tell someone with a broken toe.There are 3 possible breaks which have their own unique treatment and ramificationsif not treated:
|CONDITION: ||RAMIFICATION: |
|1. Displaced fracture||If you don't treat a displaced fracture, you can be faced with a chronic,swolen toe. Patients will have difficulty wearing shoes, doing sports activities,etc. These need to be reset, usually under anesthesia, and splinted orsurgically fixed.|
|2. Non-displaced fracture ||Non-treatment can lead to a displaced fracture, or chronic swellingand pain in the toe. These need to be treated with splinting, ice, andcompression. Even when treated correctly, they can be quite slow in healing.|
|3. Contusion (no fracture)||These need to be treated like any sprain or strain. Treatment needsto include splinting, ice, and compressed wrapping. There are cases ofboth contusions or non-displaced fractures where a local anesthetic with½ cc of beta or dexamethasone will speed recovery.|
FRACTURED TOE FALLACY #1000:
"If you can move the toe, it is probably not broken."
As we all know, a toe will move even if it is broken because it is stillattached by muscles and tendons.
This has kept a lot of people from getting proper care for their toes.Long time healing and swelling can be prevented by proper and early care.
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