broken toe is a common injury that is most often caused by a trauma or injury. Most broken toes heal well, usually within four to six weeks. In some cases, though rare, a broken toe may become infected or more susceptible to osteoarthritis in the future.


Possible signs and symptoms of a broken toe may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Bruising
  • Discoloration
  • Difficulty walking


In most cases, a broken toe is caused when an individual drops a heavy object on their foot or stubs their toe.


Depending on the severity of the fracture, possible complications of a broken toe may include:

  • Infection: If the skin is ripped near the injured toe, risk of developing an infection is high
  • Osteoarthritis. A type of arthritis that is most likely to occur when the fracture extends into one of the toe joints.
  • Deformity