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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How is a broken toe diagnosed?
Seek medical evaluation soon after the injury to ensure proper treatment and healing.
- A doctor will ask questions to determine how the toe was injured and will examine the injured toe and possibly check for other injuries.
- A doctor may take an X-ray to evaluate if the toe is broken or fractured. X-rays are not always necessary to diagnose a broken toe, especially if the break is in one of the smaller toes.
- Stress fractures, due to overuse or repetitive movement, may need an MRI to be diagnosed.
Which specialties of doctors treat a broken toe?
You initially may see a primary care provider (PCP) such as a family practitioner or a child’s pediatrician when you first injure your toe. You likely willbe referred to an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in disorders of the musculoskelteal system, or a podiatrist, a specialist in conditions of the foot, for treatment.
You also may be diagnosed with a broken toe in a hospital’s emergency department by an emergency medicine specialist. Radiologists will read an X-ray or MRI, though they will usually report back to your primary care physician or emergency medicine specialist and you will not directly consult with them.
Silbergleit, R. MD. "Foot Fracture." Medscape. Updated: Jun 01, 2016.