Bedpost Fractures
By Dr. Michelle Kim
February 15, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
The structure of the foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The foot consists of 28 bones, 19 of those being toe bones. Fractures of the toe bones are common and require evaluation by one of our podiatrists, Dr. Diana Emini or Dr. Michelle Kim.

What is a Fracture?
A fracture is a break in the bone. One of the most common fractures is a bedpost fracture, which is a toe fracture.  Bedpost fractures get their name because they are typically caused by the accidental stubbing of the toe on a solid structure, such as a bedpost, desk or table. These types of fractures can be either displaced (the bone is broken in such a way it has changed position), or non-displaced (the bone is cracked, but remains in the same position).

Signs and symptoms of a bedpost fracture include:
  • You may hear a sounds at the time of the injury.
  • Pinpoint pain at the time the fracture occurs.
  • Crooked or abnormal appearance of the toe. 
  • Bruising and swelling around the injured area the next day.
Dr. Emini and Dr. Kim stress that the old saying "if you can walk on it, it's not broken" is just not true. Evaluation by one of our Board Certified foot and ankle surgeons is always recommended. 

Treatment of Toe Fractures
Many people believe that nothing can be done to treat the broken toe bone. This is typically not true. Treatment options for bedpost fractures may include:
  • Rest. Sometimes rest is all that is needed
  • Splinting. The toe may be fitting with a splint to keep it in a fixed position. 
  • Immobilization. Our doctors may recommend the use of a surgical shoe or walker boot. Being the one-stop-shop for all your podiatry needs, we carry these items on site at our office and can bill most insurance for these types of devices. 
  • Surgery. If the break is badly displaced or if the joint is affected, surgery may be necessary. Both Dr. Diana Emini and Dr. Michelle Kim are Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. 
Fractures should never be left untreated. If you experience any symptoms of a fracture, call our office to schedule an appointment. We will try to get you in for an evaluation with one of our doctors right away!

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