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What are the symptoms of a fractured little toe or last metatarsal?

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Dr. Anuj Nigam

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At December 16, 2022
Reviewed AtSeptember 5, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

For the last four days, I have had pain in the side of my right foot. It hurts when I walk, when I am standing, when I separate my pinky toe from the others, and when I press the bottom of my foot on the side. It used to have some bruising, but that has mostly gone away. It sometimes feels numb, and I am not exactly sure what it is.

Answered by Dr. Anuj Nigam


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your detailed description of the issues. Most likely, you have a fracture of the little toe or last metatarsal. You need to get an X-ray of the foot, to be sure of the diagnosis and to plan proper treatment. By the time you get an X-ray, please avoid walking or long-standing. Put cold fomentations ice packs over the injured foot. The type of fracture will guide us through the treatment plan. Mostly these fractures do not require surgery and are taken care of by simple plasters and immobilization.No need to worry at all. Just get an X-ray and follow back.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anuj Nigam
Dr. Anuj Nigam

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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