John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Talk to the doctor to schedule an appointment to have the broken toe
evaluated to make sure it is healing properly. Call a doctor or go to an
emergency department if any problems or complications develop before the
Broken toes usually take about six weeks to heal. If problems last longer
than six weeks, another X-ray may be needed, or the injury should be rechecked
by the doctor to evaluate how the bone is healing.
Simple toe fractures usually heal well with no problems. However, a severe
fracture or a fracture that goes into a joint is at risk for developing
arthritis, pain, stiffness, and possibly even a deformity.
Broken Toe At-A-Glance
Broken toes are often caused by trauma or injury. Prolonged repetitive
movements can cause a type of broken toe called a stress or hairline fracture.
Symptoms of a broken toe include pain, swelling, or stiffness, bruising,
deformity, and difficultly walking if the big toe is broken.
Possible complications of a broken toe include nail injury, compound
fracture, infection, deformity, or arthritis.
Seek immediate medical care if you suspect an
open fracture of the toe; if
there is bleeding; cold, numb, or tingling sensation; or blue or gray color to
the injured area.
A broken toe is diagnosed with a medical examination, which may include
To help decrease pain and swelling in a broken toe, elevate the foot, ice
the injury, and stay off the foot.
Depending on the severity of the fracture, the toe may need to be put back
into place (reduced), and some compound toe fractures may require surgery.
Pain from a broken toe can usually be controlled with
Buddy taping can be used to help splint a fractured toe.
Most broken toes heal without complications in six weeks.