Fractures and sprains both damage your toes, but knowing whether your digit is broken or sprained is important for treating the injury. A break involves a crack or separation of bone tissue. The affected digit is painful, swollen, red, and possibly bruised. Your toe will be tender to the touch and walking on it may aggravate the discomfort. It may or may not be crooked, depending on whether the bones are displaced. The surest way to tell whether it’s broken is to have an X-ray.
Sprains have very similar symptoms. You’ll develop pain in the affected digit, particularly when you move it. It may be tender to the touch and swollen. Sometimes the toe will bruise. An X-ray can help diagnose this, too, by ruling out a fracture. If your toe is injured and you’re not sure whether it’s sprained or broken, let Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help. Use the web request form or call us to make an appointment: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden office.