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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What is the treatment for a broken toe?
A broken toe can be cared for at home by decreasing the pain and swelling using rest, ice, and elevation; allowing the fracture to heal properly. In certain situations, a broken toe may need medical care such as maneuvering the toe back into place (reduction), casting, or splinting the toe.
Can I care for a broken toe at home?
Most minor toe injuries can be treated at home. If a person is unsure or suspects a fracture, seek medical attention. The following can be done to help decrease pain and swelling from a broken toe and to help the fracture heal properly.
- Rest: Avoid strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, or walking. Crutches may be needed, or a special shoe or boot to wear when walking to avoid putting weight on the fracture while it heals.
- Ice: Put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to the injury for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours for the first 1-2 days. Place a towel between the skin and the ice to protect the skin. Frozen peas or corn can also be used to ice the broken toe - they may conform to the fractured area better than ice.
- Elevation: To decrease swelling and pain, keep the foot raised above the level of the heart as much and as often as possible. Prop the foot up as much as possible (for example use several pillows), especially when sleeping. Reclining in a lounge chair is also helpful.
Silbergleit, R. MD. "Foot Fracture." Medscape. Updated: Jun 01, 2016.