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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Broken Toes Need Fixing | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Broken Toes Need Fixing

A common misconception we hear from patients at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is that they didn’t come in sooner with a broken toe because they thought there wasn’t any treatment for it.  Not only is treatment available, it is very necessary. Left untreated, broken toes can lead to other complications, including: chronic pain; a deformity that impedes mobility and makes finding comfortable shoes difficult (which in turn can lead to bunions, etc.); arthritis setting in due to a joint fracture or displacement that isn’t properly corrected; surgery.

Another common misconception is “If I can walk on it, it must not be broken.” This is also not true and can result in an injury that is made significantly worse and requires much more serious treatment.  Below are the types of fractures and their symptoms.

Two Kinds of Toe Fractures

There are two categories of toe fractures:

Traumatic fractures—these are the more obvious kind because they are usually due to a serious blow or injury, such as something heavy being dropped on your toe or stubbing it very hard into a wall or other object. Symptoms include:

  •  Intense pain at the site of the break (sometimes after hearing a cracking or popping sound at the moment the break occurred); the pain may go away after a few hours but this does not mean that a fracture has not happened
  •  Displacement of the toe, causing it to be in an abnormal position or appear crooked
  • Bruising and swelling, particularly the day after the event


Stress fractures—this type of fracture is usually a small, hairline break that is the result of repetitive stress caused by an activity, improper footwear or excessive pressure being put on a toe due to a deformity or other medical condition. Signs of stress fractures are:

  • Pain with or after normal activity
  • Pain that disappears with rest but returns when  you are on your feet or doing certain activities
  • Swelling (but without the bruising)
  • Pain and tenderness at the site of the break



Once one of our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo confirms that your toe is broken (usually after an examination and x-rays), the proper treatment can be prescribed. Treatment options include: rest, splinting or taping the toe, shoe modifications and, in the case of a bad fracture, surgery.

The sooner treatment begins the better the outcome. If you think you have fractured a toe make an appointment at our Aberdeen office as soon as possible.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Broken Toes Need Fixing, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen