Broken Toe - Diagnosis

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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.
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Comment from: He Hate Me, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 20

I broke my toe by doing some sort of Kung Fu fighting in my sleep. I actually kicked a hole in the wall. In addition to breaking my toe, I have been diagnosed with REM sleep disorder.

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Comment from: Catswhiska, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

Recently on a picnic I sat with my legs stretched out in front. A friend sat down on my left foot and we all heard a loud crack. He had sat down on my foot which was in an upright position. The toe was extremely painful and now 3 weeks later I am still unable to wear closed in footwear. I can move the toe, there was no swelling, bruising or misalignment. I cannot bear pressure on the nail bed or to the flesh at the end of the toe. I think if it continues I may have to seek medical advice as I am unable to take anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.

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