I don’t know what it is about the holidays and end of year, but for some reason a lot of patients call us because they broke their hallux or great toe. Just this past week one patient, ready to leave for a ski vacation, broke her toe by kicking her bed. Another patient broke his toe tripping up some steps. Other people are rushing around at this time of year buying, wrapping gifts, cooking and inadvertently run into a hard object. Throughout the year broken toes are often the result of people walking barefoot at night and end up kicking all kinds of objects lying around their house. Heavy objects falling on your tootsies can also cause a fracture.

You would think, a broken toe is no big deal, right? Sometimes. If the injury is mild, rest, taping the great toe to your other toe, or wearing a hiking boot or walking boot may work just fine. However, if  a more severe fracture is neglected it may not heal properly leading to complications such as arthritis. Surgery is sometimes required.

Turf toe and sesamoiditis are other toe injuries that occur most often during individual and team sports.

Do yourself a favor if you jamb your toe into a door, bed, or other hard object come to the office and Dr. Rion Berg will do an examination, X-rays, and then provide you a treatment plan that will work for you.

Make an appointment by calling us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.


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