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By Howard Schaengold, DPM
February 01, 2013
Category: Toe Problems

Patient with a broken toeDrop a can of soup on your foot or whack your toe into a wall—we have all been there before.  While you may not think anything of these common “stubs,” you may begin to experience a throbbing, swollen, broken toe.  A broken toe is painful, so don’t suffer through it—visit your podiatrist in Sammamish for a diagnosis and proper treatment plan.

Conservative treatments can often help decrease the pain and swelling to help the fracture heal properly.  Your Sammamish podiatrist offers these at home solutions to help with healing your broken toe:

  • Elevation – by keeping your foot raised above the level of your heart, you can help decrease swelling and discomfort. Prop your foot up on some pillows, especially when sleeping.
  • Ice – put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to your injured toe for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours for the first couple days.  Don’t forget to place a towel between the skin and the ice to protect your skin.
  • Rest – avoid any strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, or walking.  Crutches or a special show may be needed when walking to avoid placing extra weight on the broken toe while it heels, which can be determined by your podiatrist in Sammamish.

Depending on the location and severity of your broken toe, your Sammamish podiatrist might need to splint or cast your toe.  Contact us at Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic for further diagnosis and treatment planning for the proper healing of your broken toe so that you can get back to your normal day-to-day schedule. 

By Howard Schaengold, DPM
April 02, 2012
Category: Toe Problems
Tags: Turf Toe   RICE   running   athletes  

Turf toe is a sprain of the joint just below the big toe, also known as the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint.  Although it’s a condition most commonly associated with dancers, soccer players, wrestlers, gymnasts and football players, you don’t have to be an athlete to get it.

This foot injury is particularly common among athletes who play on artificial turf, hence the name “turf” toe. When athletes play sports on turf or other hard surfaces, the foot can stick to the ground, resulting in jamming of the big toe joint.  Typically with turf toe the injury is sudden, but it can also occur after sustaining multiple injuries, such as pushing off repeatedly when running or jumping.  

Symptoms of turf toe range from mild to severe, and may gradually worsen with continued movement. The most common symptoms of turf toe include:

  • Swelling and pain at the joint of the big toe
  • Pain and tenderness when bending the toe
  • Stiffness and limited movement of the big toe joint

If your symptoms are indicative of turf toe, then you may be able to relieve the pain and swelling with the following self-treatment. 

  • Ice the injury
  • Apply a compression bandage
  • Rest and temporarily discontinue any physical activity
  • Wear a brace to protect the toe and to limit bending

For more severe cases of turf toe, visit Howard Schaengold, DPM for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. A Sammamish podiatrist can easily diagnose turf toe through an evaluation that includes range of motion and joint stability tests. 

Professional treatment may include exercises to strengthen the toe, modified footwear or splinting. With proper treatment you can eliminate pain resulting from turf toe and regain your full range of motion in order to return to your favorite sport or activity.