What can be done for a broken toe

How do I know if my toe is broken or just bruised?

If it hurts the rest of the day and longer, you may have a fracture. When you stub your toe, it’s normal to expect some bruising and even some blood under the toenail. But, if the discoloration lasts for a few days, if it spreads, or if it seems like there is too much blood under the nail, you might have a broken toe.

Can a broken toe heal on its own?

Most broken toes will heal on their own with proper care at home. It can take 4 to 6 weeks for complete healing. Most pain and swelling will go away within a few days to a week. If something was dropped on the toe, the area under the toenail can bruise.

How do I know if I should go to the doctor for a broken toe?

You should, however, see a doctor for your broken toe if: The pain becomes worse and isn’t relieved by normal painkillers. The swelling and bruising don’t start to improve in a few days. There is an open wound associated with the break.

What happens if you leave a broken toe untreated?

A fractured toe that’s left untreated can lead to infection

You’re at increased risk of developing a bone infection if you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or a compromised or weakened immune system. Symptoms that suggest your toe has developed a bone infection include: Fatigue. Fever.

Can a doctor do anything for a broken toe?

Usually, you can treat a broken toe by taping it to a neighboring toe. But if the fracture is severe — particularly if it involves your big toe — you may need a cast or even surgery to ensure proper healing.

Will walking on a broken toe make it worse?

Although it may be possible to move and walk on your broken toe, you should avoid doing so as this can lead to even greater damage and prolonged healing time.

How long should I buddy tape a broken toe?

Never tape the toes together skin-to-skin. Your broken toe may need to be buddy-taped for 2 to 4 weeks to heal. Rest and protect your toe. Do not walk on it until you can do so without too much pain.

Do you get a boot for a broken toe?

Help your toe heal right

If the break is a simple fracture, in which the parts of your bone are still lined up properly, your doctor will probably put you in a walking boot for about three weeks, Dr. King says. The walking boot keeps your toes immobile so the bones can knit back together in alignment.

How can I get my broken toe to heal faster?

Keep off your affected foot as much as possible and avoid putting pressure on it. Elevating the affected foot can also reduce swelling. Wear supportive shoes with a high, wide toe box or open toes to avoid further irritation or injury to the toe. Apply essential oils which help to aid in the healing process.

Do you elevate a broken toe?

To help decrease pain and swelling in a broken toe, elevate the foot, ice the injury, and stay off the foot. Depending on the severity of the fracture, the toe may need to be put back into place (reduced), and some compound toe fractures may require surgery.

What is a toe splint?

Types of hammer toe splints (orthotics)

CMS defines a splint as a cast or wrapping material used to help set a broken, fractured, or dislocated bone. This new terminology is gradually replacing the old usage, where the terms splint and orthotic sometimes overlapped.

How do you wrap a broken toe with an Ace bandage?

Begin wrapping at the top of the arch and proceed around the outside of the foot. Repeat this process 3 times. Continue to wrap once around the big toe, pulling the toe slightly out and down. Continue wrapping around the remainder of the foot, keeping the bandage comfortably snug.

How do you wrap a toe?

How do you make a splint for a broken toe?