(Broken Toe; Fracture, Toe)
|The Phalanges of the Foot|
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- Dropping something on your toe
- Stubbing your toe
- Falling down
- Direct blow to the toe
- Swelling and tenderness
- Stiffness in the injured area
- Inability to move toe
- Bruising in injured area
- Numbness or tingling in the toes
- Visible deformity in the toe area
- Difficulty walking (sometimes)
- Putting the pieces of the bone together, which may require anesthesia and/or surgery
- Keeping the pieces together while the bone heals itself
Realigning the Bones
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Rest—Do not participate in sports or activities until your toe is fully healed.
- Ice—Apply ice or a cold pack to your toe for 15-20 minutes, four times a day for several days. This reduces pain and swelling. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply ice directly to your skin.
- Elevation—Keep the injured foot raised above the level of your heart for 48 hours (such as on a pillow). This will drain fluid and reduce swelling.
- Always wear well-fitted, supportive athletic shoes when doing physical activity.
- Wear shoes to protect your feet.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
- Do weight-bearing exercises to build strong bones.
- Build strong muscles to prevent falls.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation www.aapmr.org
The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society http://www.aofas.org
Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine http://www.casm-acms.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Eat right...your feet will thank you. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society website. Available at: http://www.aofas.org/Scripts/4Disapi.dll/4DCGI/cms/review.html Action=CMS%5FDocument&DocID=72&Time=-1551839844&SessionID=165m17wl39o18pg5iv8824x18pfk5486y6969ylh3p586b5l537bvon251818csf . Updated January 2008. Accessed July 1, 2008.
Hatch RL, Hacking S. Evaluation and management of toe fractures [review]. Am Fam Physician. 2003;68(12):2413-2418. Available at http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/1215/p2413.html
Ribbans WJ, Natarajan R, Alavala S. Pediatric foot fractures. Clin Orthop. 2005;(432):107-115.
- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 09/28/2012 -