What to Do Broken Toe
Broken toes, especially the pinky, are common household injuries from jamming against chair and table legs and stumping against ajar doors.
What to Do for a Broken Toe
- Rest from sports, jumping and running activities for a month.
- Ice over the toe if it's swollen.
- Buy tables with recessed legs, push chairs in when not in use, and use door jams to prevent common toe fractures.
- Get a broken toe splint from a pharmacy or medical supply store. This is all you need for most broken toes. The splint straightens the injured toe and rests the broken ends so they can stick together.
- Use crutches the first weekend if your toe is really sore. Longer than that is unnecessary.
- Get an xray if the toe looks crooked. Most toe fractures just need a splint but a few are kinked enough to need surgical pinning in place.
Signs of a Broken Toe
- Tenderness along the toe bone.
- Soreness when you walk.
- Swelling above the broken toe.
- Bruising over the broken toe.
- A hard lump above the bone.
What a Broken Toe Looks Like
A broken toe most often looks like a normal toe. The best way to tell if you broke your toe is not by looking at your toe, but by looking for signs of a broken toe.
How long Does it Take to Heal a Broken Toe
A simple broken toe takes about 4-6 weeks to heal but usually feels pretty good to walk on by 2 weeks after the break.
Doctor Secrets! People with a broken toe often think it's not, and people without a broken toe often think it is. An xray is the only sure way to tell if you broke your toe.