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How to Treat a Broken Toe | Fort Worth Podiatrist

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A broken toe can be extremely painful and even make it hard to walk. Common treatment includes decreasing swelling through rest, ice and elevation. Depending on the severity of the injury, the toe may need to be put back into place in a process known as...

How to Treat a Broken Toe

A broken toe can be extremely painful and even make it hard to walk. Common treatment includes decreasing swelling through rest, ice and elevation. Depending on the severity of the injury, the toe may need to be put back into place in a process known as reduction, casted or splinted. In any case, time is needed to allow the break to heal fully.

Treat your broken toe at home by:

Resting. Avoid putting excess pressure on your toe and refrain from strenuous exercise or walking as much as possible until the fracture heals. If necessary, crutches or a boot may be used to help relieve pressure.

Icing. Ice the toe with a plastic bag filled with ice for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours for the first 1-2 days. Use a towel between the ice bag and toe to protect the skin.

Elevating. Keep the foot elevated above heart level whenever possible by propping up with pillows or a recliner chair.

If you are unsure about the nature of the fracture, are in extreme pain or have additional questions on treatment, you should seek medical attention. We are here to answer all of your questions and address foot and ankle needs!

Abridged from MedicineNet

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