Table of Contents
- Broken toe facts
- What is a broken toe?
- What are the symptoms of a broken toe?
- What are the causes of a broken toe?
- When should I call a doctor about 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?
- What is the prognosis for a broken toe?
What is a broken toe?
A commonly injured area of the foot is the small bones of the toes (phalanges). There are 26 bones in the foot; 19 are bones in the forefoot (5 metatarsals and 14 phalanges). Trauma and the injury to the foot often causes one or more of the toe bones to break (fracture).
What are the symptoms of a broken toe?
- Pain, swelling, or stiffness will occur in a broken toe following injury. It may be difficult to walk due to the pain, especially with a broken big toe. This is because the big toe bears much of the weight of the body during walking or pivoting. A broken little toe (pinky toe) may be painful, but usually does not limit the ability to walk.
- Other symptoms include
- a bruised toe,
- bruising of the skin around
the toe, and
- a bent or deformed appear-
ance of the toe if the broken
bone is out of place.
- Other problems may develop as a result of the fractured toe. Complications can occur immediately after the injury (minutes to days), or can develop much later (weeks to years).
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