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Broken toe facts
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
Possible complications of a broken toe include
Seek immediate medical care if you suspect an open fracture of the toe; if there is bleeding; cold, numb, or tingling sensation; if the toe appears deformed or is pointing in the wrong direction; or blue or gray color to the injured area.
A broken toe is diagnosed with a medical examination, which may include X-rays.
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 over-the-counter pain medication.
Buddy taping (taping the toe to an adjacent toe can be used to splint a fractured toe.
Most broken toes heal without complications in six weeks.