Broken Toe - Seeing a Doctor

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When should I call a doctor about a broken toe?

Many people think that if they can walk on an injured toe, it is not broken. This may not be the case. It is common to break a toe bone and still be able to walk on it.

Go to a hospital's emergency department if the following signs or symptoms are present.

  • Any symptoms of a possible open (compound) fracture which include open wounds, bleeding, or drainage from near the broken toe
  • Cold, numb, tingling, or unusual sensation in the toes
  • Blue or gray colored skin near the injury
  • If the injured toe appears deformed or is pointing in the wrong direction (angulated)

Call a doctor if any of the following occur:

  • If the broken toe pain worsens or new pain is not relieved by pain medication
  • Sores, redness, or open wounds near the injured toe
  • Bruising or bleeding under the toenail that causes significant pain
  • A cast or splint is damaged or broken
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Comment from: JosOpinions, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 28

Following another self-diagnosed broken toe, buddy-taping, ice, elevation, and over the counter pain medications, my big toe throbbed with shoes. The big toe can have more serious problems. A podiatrist surgically removed a sliver of bone, displaced during the initial break. I lost an additional three weeks of life to avoid a doctor visit. Early detection of the extent of break, especially when a large toe is traumatized, is paramount to avoiding surgery caused by inaccurate self-diagnosis and improper setting, at the very least.

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Comment from: Bobbi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I have had several broken toes, the latest one was not diagnosed properly until I saw a podiatrist. One month wasted on an orthopedist who didn't even touch it to see where the pain was. Always go to the foot specialist!

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