Our children are becoming more physically active and that is a good thing. Soccer, basketball, and baseball are all sports that require the use of their feet. Living an active lifestyle is wonderful, but it does increase the chance of sustaining an injury. Toe fractures are one of the most common types of injuries that we see. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a child breaks a toe or just bruises it.
A direct blow to the foot is what usually causes a broken toe. This can occur during a sports activity or even just by stubbing the toe. If you notice that your child’s toes are red and swollen, or if they are complaining of pain or an inability to walk correctly, it may be a toe fracture. Take them to get medical attention right away, so that a correct diagnosis can be made.
There are different options for treatment if your child breaks a toe. A healthy toe next to the broken one can be used as a splint by taping them together. Special shoes or a walking cast can be worn to hold the foot in place and limit the range of motion, which helps with the healing process. Your doctor may prescribe medication for the pain, but never give your child medicine without a doctor’s orders.
If your child is suffering from a broken toe or pain in the foot don’t hesitate to call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at 623-584-5556 or book your appointment online. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ we are dedicated to the foot health of your whole family, and we will do whatever it takes to fix the problem.
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