We have quite the vibrant soccer community here in the Massapequa, NY area. Given that it’s the world’s most popular sport, we know that we aren’t the only ones who enjoy playing, coaching, or watching our children on the soccer field. Playing a sport like soccer is a great way to get exercise, form lasting friendships, and release all that excess energy (well, at least for the kiddos!). Unfortunately, it also comes with the risk of sustaining a broken toe.

Following a traumatic force to your foot—dropping a bowling ball, missing the ball and kicking the wall when playing indoor soccer—you need to assess if it has resulted in a broken toe and begin first aid procedures. This will help prevent greater injury and hopefully minimize any toe pain. The steps to follow include:

  • Stop activity and get weight off the foot – Given the pain that accompanies a fractured toe, this step will likely be fairly automatic, but it is important not to try and “tough it out,” which can lead to further injury.
  • Assess pain level – If it hurts when you put weight on the toe, it is probable that the bone is broken. Should the pain be excruciatingly bad, come see us right away. A minor fracture will be more tolerable.
  • Examine the size, coloration, and tenderness of your toe – Swelling is a common symptom that accompanies a fractured toe. Bruising is another, so note any yellow, blue, or black coloration.
  • Ice – Icing your affected toe in 20 minute increments will stabilize the toe and reduce swelling.
  • Buddy Tape – You can use a healthy toe next to the broken one as a natural “splint.” Tape them together firmly, but not excessively tight.
  • See Dr. Gasparini – The most important step is to receive professional care. Our office will make sure that pain is kept to a minimum, and you heal correctly and as quickly as possible.

No matter how you sustained your broken toe, or its severity, Foot Specialists of Long Island is here for you. We will provide an accurate assessment of your situation, set your bone correctly, and help you manage the toe pain. Our Massapequa, NY office provides premier podiatric services for patients from Lindenhurst, Bethpage, Seaford, and the surrounding communities. If you have a foot or ankle issue, call us at (516) 804-9038 or use our online form to make an appointment today.

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