Table of Contents
- Broken toe definition and facts
- What is a broken toe?
- What are the symptoms of a broken toe?
- What are the causes of a broken toe?
- Do I need to call a doctor if I think I may have a broken toe?
- How is a broken toe diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a broken toe?
- Can I care for a broken toe at home?
- What is the medical treatment for a broken toe?
- Buddy tape for a broken toe
- How to buddy tape a broken toe
- Casting a broken toe
- Reduction for a broken toe
- What are the possible complications of a broken toe?
- How long does it take for a broken toe to heal?
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Do I need to call a doctor if I think I may have a broken toe?
Many people think that if they can walk on an injured toe, it is not broken. This may not be the case. It is common to break a toe bone and still be able to walk on it.
Go to a hospital's emergency department if the following signs or symptoms are presen:
- Any symptoms of a possible open (compound) fracture which include open wounds, bleeding, or drainage from near the broken toe
- Cold, numb, tingling, or unusual sensation in the toes
- Blue or gray colored skin near the injury
- If the injured toe appears deformed or is pointing in the wrong direction (angulated)
Call a doctor if any of the following occur:
- If the broken toe pain worsens or new pain is not relieved by pain medication
- Sores, redness, or open wounds near the injured toe
- Bruising or bleeding under the toenail that causes significant pain
- A cast or splint is damaged or broken
Silbergleit, R. MD. "Foot Fracture." Medscape. Updated: Jun 01, 2016.