Orthopedic Care for Your Injured Toes and Feet
Orthopedic Foot & Toe Treatment at The Medical Center of Aurora
Foot pain is common for everyone. Illness, ill-fitting shoes, poor foot care or trauma can cause many foot and toe conditions. Because our feet are under constant pressure every day, when you suffer from a foot injury it is important to consider when you need to see a specialist for treatment.
To learn more about orthopedic foot care at The Medical Center of Aurora, call 303-873-0630.
Foot pain that is out of the norm, more intense than normal, includes swelling or redness, should be seen by a physician. Women need to pay attention to the high healed or tight shoes they wear, as these can be especially problematic on the feet. There are many foot and toe injuries that need to be treated by an orthopedic surgeon. We describe many of them below.
A foot fracture is a break in any of the bones in the foot. The foot is made up of 26 small bones, any of which can potentially break in a trauma situation such as when something heavy is dropped or slammed into the foot.
In order to treat a foot fracture, your orthopedic surgeon will put the bones of the foot back in place either through surgical or non-surgical methods. Post surgery, and in order to aid in recovery, you may be prescribed medications for pain management, support devices to immobilize the foot during the healing process (such as a splint, walking boot or cast) and possibly physical therapy.
A bunion is a thickened, boney, often painful lump at the base of the big toe. It is the result of the movement of the base of the big toe away from the smaller toes. This instability creates joint inflammation and bursitis.
To treat your bunion, you orthopedic surgeon may recommend padding the bunion or taping the area to reduce pain and wearing wider shoes or shoe. Prescription or over-the-counter medications may also help reduce pain. In some cases, surgery to remove the bunion may be needed to relieve the pressure and repair the toe joint.
Calluses and Corns
Calluses and corns form when layers of skin build up in order to protect against friction. Calluses usually form on the soles of the foot that are repeatedly exposed to pressure. They are usually painless or mildly painful.
A corn is a small, well-defined, thickened area of skin that forms on the toes. Corns put pressure on the underlying skin against the bone. They are usually inflamed and painful, especially when touched.
Generally, treatment of calluses and corns usually include self-care and medication. However, if you have diabetes or poor blood flow, you should speak with an orthopedic surgeon before treated a callus or corn because a small nick on your foot In severe cases, minor surgery may be necessary.
A dislocated toe is a misalignment of the toe bones. A dislocation can also cause injury to the nerves and ligaments that normally keep the bones in place. A dislocated toe may cause severe pain, deformity or displacement of the toe, swelling, numbness or tingling, or difficulty moving the toe.
An orthopedic surgeon can safely guide the toe bone back into place, although emergency care may be needed to prevent further damage. The orthopedic surgeon can usually guide the bones back in to place by hand making surgery unnecessary. After the toe bones are put back into place, recovery may include support such as taping, a brace or crutches, ice packs, elevation and rest. Physical therapy is also sometimes helpful.
A Hammer Toe is a toe that that is bent at the middle joint in a claw-like position as opposed to pointing forward and lying flat. A flexible Hammer Toe can be straightened by hand, while a rigid Hammer Toe cannot be pulled straight and is extremely painful. A Hammer Toe is typically the result of wearing poor, ill-fitting shoes such as tight or pointing heals. It can also be caused by arthritis.
Treatment for a Hammer Toe can include splinting the affected toe, switching footwear, or corrective surgery to straighten the joint or repair tendons.
A toe fracture is a break in a toe bone. The bones in the toes are called phalanges. Proper treatment can prevent long-term complications or problems with the toe, such as immobility or misalignment. Treatment for a toe fracture includes putting the bones of the toe back in place, either by hand or through surgical methods.
Recovering from a toe fracture often involves extra support through taping, a walking boot or a cast. Although the toe will need time to heal, complete rest is rarely required. Ice and elevating the leg at rest will help with manage the discomfort and swelling.
Turf Toe is a sprain of the base of the big toe where the big toe meets the foot. It is usually a hyperextension sprain of the first joint of the toe caused by excessive upward bending of the big toe during athletic activities. Turf Toe is an injury that usually afflicts athletes such as football plays and soccer players. The name is derived from sports being played on artificial turf.
Orthopedic surgeons treat Turf Toe with ice, elevation, compression and rest. In some cases a cast or walking boot may be needed for isolation and additional support and to protect the toe from further injury while it’s healing. Surgery isn’t typically required unless a piece of bone has been broken off by the injury or the ligament is torn completely.
Call to schedule an orthopedic foot appointment: 303-873-0630
Foot and Toe Specialists at The Medical Center of Aurora
The orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors at the Medical Center of Aurora are committed to offering specialized care for your specific foot injury or toe injury. Working with a team of specialists, including nurses and physical therapists, we make sure your foot injury or toe injury heals as quickly as possible so you can get back to your life as soon as possible.
Surgeries are performed in our newly renovated operating rooms. The best Denver orthopedic surgeons and sport medicine specialists have access to sophisticated imaging equipment which helps decrease infection rates and increase recovery time. Our high level of nurse certification rates helps ensure patient care is our highest priority.
Call to schedule an orthopedic foot appointment: 303-873-0630