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A broken toe, medically termed a toe fracture, can occur due to various reasons, ranging from accidental trauma to repetitive stress on the foot. Accidental mishaps such as stubbing the toe against furniture or dropping a heavy object on it are common causes of toe fractures. Additionally, sports injuries and sudden impacts during physical activities can also result in toe fractures. The small size and vulnerability of toe bones make them susceptible to fractures from seemingly minor incidents. Complications of a broken toe may include persistent pain, swelling, and difficulty in walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. In some cases, untreated fractures can lead to improper healing, deformity, and chronic pain. Moreover, individuals with underlying conditions like osteoporosis may be at higher risk of sustaining toe fractures and experiencing complications. Understanding the causes and potential complications of a broken toe underscores the importance of prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment to ensure optimal recovery and prevent long-term problems. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis, and offer the treatment option that is best for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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Causes of Bunions

Bunions develop due to prolonged stress on the metatarsophalangeal joint, often resulting from wearing ill-fitting shoes that force the big toe inward. This pressure causes the first metatarsal to angle outward and the big toe to point in the opposite direction, forming a noticeable bump. Additionally, genetic factors, low arches, flat feet, loose joints, and arthritis can contribute to bunion formation. Narrow, pointed-toe, or high-heeled footwear, commonly worn by women, can also heighten the risk. Furthermore, running in shoes with tapered toe boxes and elevated heels may exacerbate bunions over time. Bunions can lead to pain, discomfort, and even deformities such as hammertoes or corns. Prevention strategies include wearing wide-toed shoes, avoiding high heels, using toe spacers, and performing bunion massages to alleviate symptoms and prevent further complications. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment that is best for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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Working in construction or outdoor settings demands footwear that prioritizes safety, durability, and comfort. Choose work boots specifically designed for these environments, featuring steel toe caps to protect against heavy objects and impact. Look for boots with sturdy outsoles that offer traction on uneven terrain, reducing the risk of slips and falls. Waterproof or water-resistant materials are essential to keep feet dry and comfortable, especially when working in wet or muddy conditions. Additionally, choose boots with ample ankle support to prevent strains and injuries while navigating uneven ground or climbing ladders. Breathable linings and moisture-wicking properties help regulate temperature and reduce sweat buildup, enhancing overall comfort during long hours of work. Consider factors such as insulation for cold weather conditions or ventilation for hot climates to ensure year-round suitability. Investing in high-quality, well-fitted work boots is not only critical for safety but also for maintaining productivity and minimizing the risk of foot-related injuries in demanding work environments. If you have questions about what type of shoes to wear during your workday, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward making the correct choices.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, traces its origin to warm and damp environments where fungi thrive. The condition flourishes in places such as communal showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms, creating an opportune breeding ground for the fungi responsible for athlete's foot. The culprits behind this ailment are dermatophyte fungi, particularly trichophyton species, which thrive on dead skin cells and multiply in moist conditions. Symptoms of athlete's foot manifest as redness, itching, and a burning sensation, often concentrated between the toes. As the infection progresses, the skin may peel, crack, or develop blisters. The discomfort may extend beyond the toes, affecting the soles of the feet. Recognizing these symptoms is vital for prompt intervention and effective management. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment and prevention techniques.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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