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Possible broken toe

Hi guys. I think my girl may have broken her middle toe on her left front foot. She’s hobbling around on it and it looks swollen and instead of knuckled over like normal it has a more elongated appearance. Off to the vet in the morning, but I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and how was it treated. Thanks guys.
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My old girl, Shelby, broke a toe. She was just running toward the house, I heard it snap. She wore a cast for several weeks. It had to be changed every couple of weeks. Hers was an outer toe. Maybe an inner toe can be taped to the ones on either side to support it. I think that's what you'll be looking at. Either a cast or just taped to other toes.
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Thanks Mary. I hope they can just splint it.
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You'll know more after they x-ray it to see exactly where the break is and what it looks like--toes are kind of unpredictable--some can and will heal without anything more than some pain medication and others need to be splinted. And brace yourself--some of those kinds of breaks are never completely returned to normal.

Good luck and we'll hope for the best--one thing is for sure--anything involving any part of the toes or small bones of the food are painful while tey heal.

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I've also had a broken toe on a dog - a weird freak accident in the yard. Mine was a pup when it happened. Depending on your dog's lifestyle and the location of the break the treatment could vary. With my dogs I would personally work with my sports/rehab vet in the future (I didn't have one at the time), because mine are active in sports, and the toe didn't heal as well as I would have liked, but it was also a puppy and the break was across the growth plate. Keeping it properly splinted was tough because he was growing so quickly.

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No break or dislocation. Appears to be an injury to the flexor tendon of that toe. Not sure of the extent of the injury without an mri. That’s what is causing the toe to appear flat instead of the normal flexed look of a Doberman. Treatment is rest for 4-8 weeks and then physical therapy of digging. LOL
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No break or dislocation. Appears to be an injury to the flexor tendon of that toe. Not sure of the extent of the injury without an mri. That’s what is causing the toe to appear flat instead of the normal flexed look of a Doberman. Treatment is rest for 4-8 weeks and then physical therapy of digging. LOL
If you aren't working with a sports/rehab vet, you may want to consider it. Those types of injuries can be REALLY tough to heal properly (sadly, I speak from experience).

You can find board certified sports/rehab vets here: American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation | Diplomates


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Thanks Meadow. He is not but he did consult with one who recommended the rest and then physical therapy. I sure hope the tendon is just stretched and not torn. We have a follow up in 4 weeks to see how she’s doing. Can you tell me about your experience with this problem so I will be prepared? I wish I knew how to upload a picture of her toe but basically it looks like on her left front foot she is shooting someone the bird. Definitely abnormal.😔
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Thanks Meadow. He is not but he did consult with one who recommended the rest and then physical therapy. I sure hope the tendon is just stretched and not torn. We have a follow up in 4 weeks to see how she’s doing. Can you tell me about your experience with this problem so I will be prepared? I wish I knew how to upload a picture of her toe but basically it looks like on her left front foot she is shooting someone the bird. Definitely abnormal.😔
If you're at least getting some consulting that's really good. Richter has had issues with the tendons in his foot and it made a huge difference working with our sports/rehab vet. We had very specific exercises to do, laser therapy, really frequent checks on progress, etc.

I also had a friend that may have had the exact injury your dog has - she went to the sports/rehab vet in her area and her dog had a full recovery. Her regular vet was REALLY happy she went to the specialist and didn't think she'd have had nearly the recovery results without the specialist's intervention.
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